Of all the self-driving car companies with offices in both the US and China, TuSimple is one of the most bi-national. Many companies have offices in both nations, but seem to be clearly either a Chinese company with a US office, or vice versa. From the outside, at least, TuSimple seems to be pretty equally split.
That sentiment got a little bit of a boost with news that TuSimple has been approved to operate freight-carrying self-driving trucks in Shanghai. TuSimple is already operating in the southwestern United States. Now it may become one of the few companies operating self-driving cars internationally.
That geographic diversity has proven difficult to pull off, so TuSimple’s success seems like a real testament to their management team.