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TuSimple Becomes First San Diego Company To Test Self-Driving Vehicles

The company also has scheduled a 420-mile test run from San Diego to Tucson, Arizona, at the end of June, in which they plan to test out a fully autonomous L4 system.

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TuSimple joins the ranks of GM, Google, Tesla and Ford this week in acquiring a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test autonomous driving vehicles on the road.

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TuSimple’s autonomous systems can now tackle real Southern California road conditions like potholes, traffic and random human driving behaviors – though always with a human driver watching behind the wheel.

This is an important step forward on the road to fully autonomous driving, but there’s still a lot of work to be done, according to co-founder Xiaodi Hou.

“This permit doesn’t represent a technological innovation or milestone,” said Hou. “If we think about applying for the permit as if it were a kind of test, its requirements are relatively easy to fulfill. But real ability in autonomous driving is a different thing altogether.

“Real progress always happens behind the scenes,” said Hou, “and TuSimple will continue to do what it’s always done – quietly write the algorithms, do the research and test the equipment necessary to make autonomous driving a reality.”

TuSimple also is the first company on the list to be based in San Diego. The company has scheduled a 420-mile test run from San Diego to Tucson, Arizona, at the end of June, in which they plan to test out a fully autonomous L4 system.

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