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Autonomous Trucker TuSimple Logs First No-Human Road Test

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TuSimple said it was the first successful fully-autonomous run by a class 8 vehicle, or semi, on open public roads with no human intervention.

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Autonomous technology developer TuSimple said its self-driving unmanned semitruck completed an 80-mile trip in Arizona on public roads without human intervention.

The nighttime trip started at a Tucson, AZ, railyard and ended at a distribution center in Phoenix, with approval and oversight from Arizona's Department of Transportation and law enforcement.

A lead vehicle scouted the route for obstacles roughly five miles ahead of the truck, while another vehicle trailed the semi by about a half-mile in order to intervene if necessary.

TuSimple said the semi managed highway lane changes, traffic signals, on-ramps, and off-ramps while "naturally interacting with other motorists."

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