TuSimple, Navistar scrap deal to develop self-driving trucks

An AV truck is parked at a TuSimple facility at AllianceTexas, a 27,000 acre business complex boasting some of the country’s largest freight operations, in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S. May 18, 2022. Picture taken May 18, 2022. REUTERS/Cooper Neill/File Photo

(Reuters) - TuSimple Holdings Inc and Navistar have ended a deal to co-develop self-driving trucks, the companies announced on Monday.

In 2020, Illinois-based Navistar bought a minority stake in TuSimple and announced a deal to co-develop heavy-duty self-driving trucks by 2024, as the autonomous driving technology space boomed with investor attention.

The trucks would have operated at Level 4 autonomy - where vehicles can operate without a driver under set conditions.

TuSimple also received nearly 7,000 orders for the self-driving trucks from companies including DHL Supply Chain, Schneider and U.S. Xpress.

San Diego, California-based TuSimple, which in October said it plans to focus on initial commercialization of its trucks in 2023, did not specify reasons for ending the deal.

(Reporting by Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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