January 11, 2018 3:15 PM, EST
Truck Firms Open Autonomous Door at CES
TuSimple exhibit booth at Consumer Electronics Show 2018 TuSimple's exhibit booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (TuSimple)

The truck industry showcased autonomous driving technology this week at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a venue that consumer auto firms have used in recent years to broadcast new technology to a worldwide audience.

Peterbilt displayed a Model 579 autonomous development tractor with a Paccar MX-13 engine. Peterbilt Motors Co., a division of Paccar Inc. said the vehicle had a suite of autonomous technologies installed.

TuSimple, a firm that provides autonomous systems, showed its technology in a Peterbilt Class 8 truck at CES. TuSimple uses the Nvidia Drive computing platform as the basis for its programs. TuSimple began in China in 2015 and now has research and development centers in Beijing and San Diego.

In June, TuSimple conducted a 200-mile, Level 4 test drive from San Diego to Yuma, Arizona, using Nvidia graphics processing units and cameras as its primary sensor. A vehicle with Level 4 autonomous technology is capable of conducting all driving without human control except in special circumstances like a traffic jam.

Toyota launched the e-Palette Concept designed to serve as a mobile commerce delivery vehicle, with such uses as hotel, office, restaurant and bar. The boxy, electric-powered vehicle resembles a large Class 5 truck with side entry space for customers.

Toyota said Pizza Hut, Uber and Amazon were partners in the e-Palette vehicle. It plans to test the vehicle in the United States in 2020.

CES reports about 170,000 attendees from 150 countries visit the show.