Beijing TuSimple Future Technology has been granted a patent for a system and method for using self-driving trucks and shipping hub facilities to provide efficient ground transportation of goods. The system includes warehouses and service centers, and utilizes autonomous trucks to navigate between hub facilities. The patent also allows for integration with other fleet services and modes of transportation. GlobalData’s report on Beijing TuSimple Future Technology gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Beijing TuSimple Future Technology, Autonomous freight management was a key innovation area identified from patents. Beijing TuSimple Future Technology's grant share as of September 2023 was 33%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Self-driving trucks and shipping hub facilities for delivery service

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Beijing TuSimple Future Technology Co., Ltd.

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11775915B2) outlines a method for using self-driving trucks and shipping hub facilities to provide a delivery service in a selected geographical region. The method involves establishing shipping hub facilities at different locations in the region, each equipped with warehouse space for storing customer goods. The hub facilities are structured into tiers, with the first tier having in-bound and out-bound truck lanes equipped with sensors or markers to enable self-driving trucks to navigate autonomously. A computer system with communication networks and servers is used to maintain, monitor, and track the status of goods at the hub facilities, as well as to manage the operations of registered self-driving trucks. The system also provides a customer interface for ordering, tracking, and making payments for the delivery service. Self-driving trucks are registered in a computer database and must comply with selected safety and operational requirements. The method allows for the registration of delivery trucks from a third-party company trucking fleet service, which can supplement the performance of customer-ordered transportation between hub facilities. The system can also initiate inspection protocols and alerts for servicing or repairing registered self-driving trucks. Additionally, the computer system can interact with on-board computers in self-driving trucks to receive real-time audio and visual information, some of which can be made available to customers via the customer interface. The patent also includes a non-transitory computer-readable medium system with code that implements the functions described in the method. Overall, this patent outlines a comprehensive method for utilizing self-driving trucks and shipping hub facilities to provide an efficient and automated delivery service in a selected geographical region.

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