Logistics News has this article that brings up an interesting angle to technology and innovation being a draw for younger people. John McDonald of ClearObject writes, “While trucking was a popular profession for two previous generations, millennials have drastically different career expectations. Almost all millennials were raised using technology and connected devices to be more organized and productive. They want to work for a company that understands how they work.” When companies want to hire drivers in the future, perhaps using technology and innovation will work.
TuSimple, a company in San Diego and China, announced it raised $95 million dollars based on a valuation of $1 billion. They will use it to continue to grow their commercial autonomous fleet, chief product officer Chuck Price told FreightWaves. The company claims they operate the only fully autonomous semi-trucks capable of driving from without human intervention, and makes daily deliveries in Arizona. “Investors spoke with their pocketbooks,” Price said. “We are one of the only truck automation companies that is willing to give rides in our vehicles. We’re throwing trucks into crazy traffic, and investors see that. They come away believing that what we say is true – this thing is behaving properly in some crazy, real-world situations.”