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TuSimple Paints Optimistic Profit Projections For 2024 Driverless Truck Launch: Bloomberg

TuSimple Paints Optimistic Profit Projections For 2024 Driverless Truck Launch: Bloomberg
  • San Diego’s self-driving semi-truck firm TuSimple Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: TSP) CEO Cheng Lu has projected impressive profits following the debut of its 2024 driverless 18-wheelers in partnership with Navistar International Corp (NYSE: NAV) and Volkswagen AG’s (OTC: VWAGY) trucking unit Traton SE (OTC: TRATF), Bloomberg reports.
  • Driverless trucks will enable higher productive hours and reduce hauling costs by 50%, stated Lu. He targeted higher profitability through a volume scaleup.
  • The company with significant Chinese operations raised $1.35 billion in a public offering on Thursday after losing over $300 million in the last three years.
  • TuSimple reported a 2020 revenue of $1.8 million with a $178 million loss. It has failed to deliver promised monthly revenue of $1 million in the second half of 2019.
  • TuSimple planned to organize a one-time demonstration of a driverless truck for more than 100 miles, including at night, later this year.
  • TuSimple was working towards the resolution of reliability and redundancy issues.
  • The online shopping boom coupled with a shortage of truck drivers played a crucial role in attracting driverless delivery investment, including Alphabet Inc’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Waymo and Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN)-backed Aurora Innovation Inc.
  • Autonomous-driving start-up Argo AI, a partner to Ford Motor Co (NYSE: F) and Volkswagen, is contemplating a 2021 listing. Driverless truck start-up Plus is aiming to go public via a special purpose acquisition (SPAC) merger.
  • Price action: TSP shares traded lower by 2.50% at $39 in the premarket session on the last check Friday.

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