Chinese startup to test self-driving technology in Arizona

Beijing-based self-driving technology startup, Tusimple – established in 2015 – has opened a research and testing facility in Tucson, USA, with plans to run an autonomous truck, according to a recent report from Arizona Daily Star.

Tusimple has reportedly leased a 2092m2 space with warehouse and office to engineer and test its autonomous truck technology.

Tusimple co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Xiaodi Hou, told Arizona Daily Star that Tucson’s standing as a centre of logistics and friendly state policies towards self-driving vehicle technology lured the company to Tucson.

“Arizona is super open-minded about autonomous driving, which I believe will make the entire state a pioneer of autonomous driving and you’ll see the effect in the next 10 years,” said Hou.

American technology company, Nvidia, reported via its official blog in August that it joined a group of backers and invested €16.7 million into Tusimple.

The Chinese startup has used Nvidia’s Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) and cameras to develop its autonomous driving solutions.

“Nvidia is unrivalled in delivering the computing performance needed for autonomous vehicles,” said Hou. “By combining Nvidia technology with our expertise in computer vision and artificial intelligence, we’re building a world-class platform that will disrupt the freight industry. We highly value our strategic partnership with Nvidia.”

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