TuSimple revs up Texas with new UPS autonomous trucking routes

Adding to a flurry of recent activity in the self-driving-vehicle space, autonomous trucking startup TuSimple announced Thursday it has expanded service for current customer UPS (NYSE:UPS) with new routes in Texas.

The San Diego-headquartered company will expand its UPS runs to 20 trips per week and has added an extra route between Phoenix and El Paso, Texas. Ten runs per week are on the new route, while the other 10 are on an established route between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.

UPS’s partnership with TuSimple dates back to March 2019, when the two companies launched an ongoing pilot program. Five months later, UPS Ventures, its venture division, made a strategic investment in the robotic trucking outfit. The amount was not disclosed.