UPS has begun making deliveries using its autonomous trucks. The company previously entered a partnership with a startup, named TuSimple, to move packages between Phoenix and Tucson. Since then, the company has purchased a minority stake in the autonomous trucking startup. The trucks that are in use have a safety driver, as well as an engineer on board. However, as technology progresses this may no longer be required in the future.
The UPS partnership with TuSimple will help insulate the package delivery company against competition in the future. The company has had to compete against other e-commerce businesses, but autonomous trucking would allow UPS to automate large portions of its business. Using this the company could reduce costs and increase efficiency in package delivering.
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