TuSimple, a leading autonomous driving technology company, has announced the successful completion of a safety audit by TÜV SÜD, a renowned certification body for safety and security in the autonomous vehicle industry. According to the report, TuSimple’s test driver selection, training, and oversight processes meet the guidelines and requirements of industry best practices.
Why It Matters
The audit compared TuSimple’s procedures to the standards set by both the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J3018 guidance for on-road testing of autonomous vehicles and the SAE Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) AVSC00001201911 best practices. TuSimple is the first U.S.-based autonomous trucking company to publicly announce its results and the first to undergo this type of audit with TÜV SÜD. While not a requirement, the audit was a voluntary step taken by TuSimple to confirm its adherence to established industry best practices, emphasizing the company’s commitment to safety and security in autonomous vehicle testing.
- Cheng Lu, President and CEO of TuSimple, stated that safety is at the core of their operations and that the audit validates the company’s alignment with required safety processes to identify and resolve potential risks.
- TuSimple conducts ongoing development and testing of its autonomous driving system with both safety drivers and test engineers, whose average industry experience exceeds 18 years.
- The audit specifically examined the company’s processes for selecting and training drivers, as well as establishing operational processes and procedures for drivers and test engineers.
TuSimple’s voluntary participation in the TÜV SÜD audit demonstrates its dedication to ensuring safety in the autonomous vehicle industry. The successful completion of the audit highlights the company’s conformity to recommended Autonomous Vehicle Testing practices and paves the way for future collaborations with TÜV SÜD as a trusted partner in safety and security. Dr. Fabian Schober, CEO of TÜV SÜD America Inc., expressed pride in their partnership with TuSimple and anticipates future collaborations as the company continues to innovate and grow.