The Shanghai unit of autonomous driving technology provider TuSimple has become the first company to obtain a license to road-test self-driving trucks in China.
Formed in 2015, TuSimple is headquartered in Beijing and San Diego, California. It provides Level 4, or the second-highest, self-driving truck solutions based on computer vision, algorithms, mapping and artificial intelligence (AI) to ensure safer road conditions, lower logistics costs and cleaner air.
TuSimple raised USD 23 million of investment from Sina.com, Nvidia and Zhiping Capital in its series B fundraising last August.
The company also received a license to road-test its technology from the California Department of Motor Vehicles in June last year. TuSimple is currently working on building a global platform for Level 4 autonomous driving with US chipmaker Nvidia.
The company marked 100 days of safe operations of its autonomous driving trucks in July this year. TuSimple also teamed up with state-backed truck maker Shaanxi Automobile Group, in March last year to develop specific applications.
China has also constructed a number of roads to support the road-testing of autonomous driving technology. Shanghai currently has 31.6 km of public roads available for road-tests.
Beijing also plans to open up the Yanchong Expressway which connects the capital to Hebei for road-tests. Beijing aims to build an Internet of Vehicles 5G network covering its most important areas by 2020 to support Level 4 autonomous driving.