A Chinese company that is developing self-driving trucks says it will bring 500 jobs to Tucson. TuSimple made the official announcement yesterday. Already operating with about 100 employees on the city's southeast side, on East Vail Road, the company is testing manned, autonomous trucks on Interstate 10, between Tucson and Phoenix.
"Tucson welcomes the 500 new jobs TuSimple is bringing to the community," said Tucson 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."
TuSimple projects it will create the new jobs in engineering, autonomous truck driving, and office management. The company also will expand its U.S. autonomous fleet to 200 trucks by next year. With 500 trucks worldwide in 2019, TuSimple would have the world's largest autonomous truck fleet. The expansion has a projected total economic impact of $1.1 billion over the next five years.