Driverless tech startup TuSimple has teamed up with Hillwood on a new trucking logistics hub to support the company’s continued expansion into Texas. The San Diego-based company has secured property in AllianceTexas’ Mobility Innovation Zone, Hillwood announced today.
The Mobility Innovation Zone, or “MIZ,” located in north Fort Worth, was launched by real estate company Hillwood last year in collaboration with Deloitte. Intended to lead the nation in smart infrastructure deployment, the MIZ creates a digital and physical commercialization environment for partner companies. Hillwood calls it a “first-of-its-kind ‘Do Tank’” with an aim to actively commercialize the newest technologies in mobility. The innovation zone functions as a testing ecosystem, complete with essential resources and partnerships to foster and scale new ideas.
TuSimple, which was founded in 2015, has developed industry-leading autonomous technology for semi-trucks and aims to revolutionize the estimated $4 trillion global freight market.
A new Hillwood-developed truck terminal will support the tech trucker’s continued expansion into Texas and connects into TuSimple’s cross country autonomous freight corridor, according to a news release. Its location in the MIZ will also allow TuSimple increase autonomous trucking operations in the “Texas Triangle,” supporting freight movements between Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston.
TuSimple, which currently ships freight using autonomous trucks from Arizona to Texas, will add new shipping lanes in 2021.
“We’re pleased to welcome TuSimple to Texas, adding the company to our nation-leading roster of firms engaged in the implementation of next-generation mobility platforms,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement. “The AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone provides the perfect infrastructure, landscape, and scale for the company to launch their national expansion and ‘Texas Triangle’…