TuSimple, a company developing autonomous driving solutions for the logistics industry, has announced that it plans to expand its testing facilities in Tucson, Arizona and create 500 new jobs to support its growing development program.
The company, which has been testing its Level 4 autonomous trucks in the state for over a year, says the new jobs will be in a variety of fields, ranging from engineering and autonomous truck driving to office management.
TuSimple also plans to expand its US fleet of autonomous trucks to 200 by 2019, creating what it says will be the world’s largest autonomous truck fleet.
“Arizona has actively supported the research and development of autonomous vehicles, and we are pleased to be expanding our footprint in the state,” said Xiaodi Hou, CTO and Co-Founder of TuSimple.
“Tucson welcomes the 500 new jobs TuSimple is bringing to the community,” said Mayor Jonathan Rothschild.
“New technologies continue to evolve and it's important that Tucson be a city that can attract and retain the jobs of the future. TuSimple's decision to locate and expand here is just the latest demonstration that our city is on the right track.”
“Just a year ago, TuSimple chose Tucson for a new testing location, adding 100 new high-wage jobs,” said Joe Snell, president & CEO of economic development body Sun Corridor Inc.
“Since then, they have moved to larger facilities and now are dramatically expanding their workforce. This is a great testament to the confidence in our region and the ability of innovative businesses to operate on a large scale in Tucson and Southern Arizona.”