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May 28, 2021 4:00 PM, EDT

Plus Sends Self-Driving Truck Down China’s Silk Road

Heavy-duty truck equipped with PlusDriveImages of a heavy-duty truck equipped with PlusDrive navigating the Silk Road trade route. (Plus.ai)

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Self-driving truck technology company Plus reported a heavy-duty truck equipped with its PlusDrive autonomous system completed a 4,000-mile roundtrip journey on the historic Silk Road trade route.

“Our PlusDrive product starts commercial deployment this year in both the U.S. and China," Plus co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Shawn Kerrigan said. "It’s been tested and validated in geographically diverse locations in both markets.”

The supervised autonomous truck was hauling a fully-loaded trailer and traveled across seven provinces and 38 cities in China. A professional truck operator was on board at all times to supervise the system.

The truck encountered congested traffic, steep uphill and downhill gradient changes, tunnels, construction zones, and other scenarios that are typical on a long-haul trip. In addition, it also safely and smoothly handled more challenging situations, including S-curve turns, undivided highways, a 10 kilometer (6 mile) long tunnel, heavy rain, a sand storm and haze. — Transport Topics

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