TuSimple, Navistar Look to Manufacture
Autonomous Trucks in 2024
May 13, 2021
has received 6,775 reservations for a new line of purpose-built SAE Level 4 (L4)
International LT Series autonomous trucks in partnership with Navistar
International. The self-driving trucks will be equipped with TuSimple's advanced
autonomous driving system and manufactured by Navistar beginning in 2024. Among
the first customers to place reservations are Penske Truck Leasing, Schneider,
and U.S. Xpress, among other large freight transportation companies in North
U.S. Xpress has been working closely with TuSimple for two years to better
understand and prepare their operations for the arrival of autonomous
technologies, and has had a front row seat in following the progress of
TuSimple's autonomous system.
"We have been working with TuSimple since 2019, and we see them as the clear
leader in autonomous trucking technology, which is why U.S. Xpress is among the
first in line for reservations," said Eric Fuller, President and CEO, U.S.
Xpress. "Autonomous technology is complementary to other investments we've made
to broaden our portfolio of services across the supply chain."
TuSimple and Navistar previously announced a strategic partnership to co-develop
L4 autonomous heavy-duty trucks. TuSimple and Navistar will launch a fully
integrated engineering solution manufactured by Navistar and targeted for
production in 2024.
"These early reservation numbers reflect the appetite surrounding self-driving
technology in long-haul applications," said Bob Walsh, Vice President, Emerging
Technologies, Strategy & Planning, Navistar. "We are happy to partner with
TuSimple to offer this integrated autonomous solution to our customers."
reservations represent the first wave of customer commitments as TuSimple and
Navistar began the reservation process by approaching a select group of large
"Our first wave customers recognize that a TuSimple and Navistar partnership is
a winning combination, bringing together TuSimple's industry-leading autonomous
technology with Navistar's world-class engineering and manufacturing
capabilities," said Cheng Lu, President and CEO, TuSimple. "Autonomous trucks
are poised to transform the trucking industry in powerful new ways by setting a
new standard for safety, while dramatically increasing efficiency and reducing
Today, TuSimple's Autonomous Freight Network (AFN) operates a fleet of 50 L4
autonomous trucks across the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The
company plans to expand the AFN network coast-to-coast by 2023 and today
transports freight for revenue on highways and surface streets for customers
such as UPS, U.S. Xpress and the Arizona Association of Food Banks, among