The TuSimple self-driving truck is pictured in these undated handout photos obtained by Reuters May 20, 2019. TuSimple/Handout via REUTERS
The Postal Service is participating in an autonomous truck pilot program with TuSimple, a global self-driving truck company.
The truck, with a safety engineer and driver on board, will haul USPS trailers and make five round trips between postal facilities in Arizona and Texas in mid-to-late May.
This pilot is one of many ways the Postal Service is innovating and investing in its future, two of the organization’s core strategies.
USPS is also conducting research and testing as part of its efforts to operate a future class of vehicles that will incorporate new technology to accommodate a diverse mail mix, enhance safety, improve service, reduce emissions and produce operational savings.