Self-Driving Semi Truck Technology Being Developed in Tucson

A Chinese startup company is developing self-driving technology for commercial trucking at a recently opened facility in Tucson. Beijing-based TuSimple's research and testing includes a planned Tucson-Phoenix trip with an autonomous truck. The company says it plans to hire as many as 100 employees in the next five years.

TuSimple is leasing more than 6,800 square feet of warehouse and office space at 2551 N. Dragoon St., near West Grant Road and Interstate 10.

Company Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Xiaodi Hou said Tucson’s logistics and friendly Arizona policies toward autonomous vehicle technology lured the company to Tucson.

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild spoke at yesterday's ribbon cutting, along with Pima County officials, and regional economic development partners.

The City provided no incentives to bring the company to Tucson, with the mayor saying Tucson's workforce and talent coming out of the University of Arizona will help the company succeed.

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