TuSimple Study Finds 10% Fuel Savings for Autonomous Trucks

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A new study conducted by TuSimple showed the autonomous trucks get better fuel economy when operating in self-driving mode.

If you’ve followed the advent of autonomous trucks over the past several years, you know that developers have made several business cases for this emerging technology, including safety, efficiency and enhanced asset use. Now, TuSimple is adding fuel economy to that case.

The autonomous truck developer has released the results of a fuel economy study conducted with the University of California San Diego that it said proves TuSimple’s autonomous technology cuts fuel consumption of heavy-duty trucks by at least 10%.

The findings are part of a new fuel study from UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering and TuSimple.

The study measured similarly equipped Peterbilt Model 579 tractor-trailers on evaluation routes in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The trucks operated in a wide range of driving conditions encountered by fleets daily, including long Interstate highway runs and congested urban driving. Special “black box” recorders on the test trucks recorded data during the daily drives, including when the truck was being driven by a human driver – which the company refers to as being under “manual control” – or when it was operating by the onboard autonomous control system. (A human driver is always behind the wheel, regardless of operating mode, to ensure safety.)

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