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无人驾驶卡车独角兽图森未来再获 1.2 亿美元投资

TuSimple adds another $120 million to its self-driving trucks war chest
无人驾驶卡车独角兽图森未来再获 1.2 亿美元投资
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2019-09-19 10:28
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无人驾驶卡车独角兽图森未来再获 1.2 亿美元投资

Self-driving truck startup TuSimple has added another $120 million to a Series D funding round led by Sina, operator of China’s biggest microblogging site Weibo, bringing the total haul to $215 million as it seeks to expand.

无人驾驶卡车创业公司图森未来已经完成总额 1.2 亿美元的 D2 轮融资。此轮融资由新浪领投,使图森的 D 轮融资总额达到 2.15 亿美元。图森目前正在寻求进一步拓展业务。

The company, which launched in 2015 and has operations in China, San Diego and Tucson, Ariz., hit unicorn status in February when it raised $95 million in the Series D round with a post-money valuation of $1.095 billion. This additional funding includes investment from UPS, which announced in August that it had taken a minority stake in TuSimple just months after the two companies began testing the use of autonomous trucks in Arizona.

图森于 2015 年成立,在中国、加州圣迭戈和亚利桑那州图森开展运营,并于今年成为 “独角兽”。当时,该公司完成了规模 9500 万美元的 D1 轮融资,包括现金在内的估值达到 10.95 亿美元。此轮额外融资包括 8 月份宣布的来自 UPS 的投资。UPS 当时宣布,将收购图森的少数股份。此前,两家公司已经合作在亚利桑那州测试自动驾驶卡车。

TuSimple’s total funding is $298 million. New participants in the round include CDH Investments, Lavender Capital and Tier 1 supplier Mando Corporation.

图森到目前为止的融资总额为 2.98 亿美元。最新一轮融资的参与方还包括鼎晖投资、Lavender Capital 和 Mando Corporation。

The company plans to use the funds to continue developing its autonomous vehicle technology and expand its long-haul routes in Arizona and Texas.

图森计划利用这笔资金继续开发自动驾驶汽车技术,并拓展在亚利桑那州和德克萨斯州的长途货运路线。

TuSimple is working on a “full-stack solution,” an industry term that means developing and bringing together all of the technological pieces required for autonomous driving. TuSimple is developing a Level 4 system, a designation by the SAE that means the vehicle takes over all of the driving in certain conditions.

图森致力于 “全栈解决方案”,这意味着开发和整合自动驾驶所需的全部技术部件。图森开发的是四级自动驾驶系统。根据 SAE 的定义,这意味着汽车可以在某些情况下接管所有驾驶工作。

In late 2017, TuSimple raised $55 million with plans to use those funds to scale up testing to two full truck fleets in China and the U.S. By 2018, TuSimple started testing on public roads, beginning with a 120-mile highway stretch between Tucson and Phoenix in Arizona and another segment in Shanghai.

2017 年底,图森曾融资 5500 万美元,并计划使用这些资金在中国和美国扩大对两个卡车车队的测试。到 2018 年,图森开始在公共道路上进行测试,首先是亚利桑那州图森和凤凰城之间 120 英里的高速公路路段,随后是在上海的另一个路段。

The company has more than 50 trucks and 18 contracted customers, according to TuSimple CFO Cheng Lu.

图森首席财务官吕程表示,该公司目前拥有超过 50 辆卡车和 18 家签约客户。

One of those customers is UPS, which initially tapped TuSimple to help it better understand how Level 4 autonomous trucking might function within its network. That relationship expanded in May when the companies began using self-driving tractor trailers to carry freight on a route between Tucson and Phoenix to test if service and efficiency in the UPS network can be improved. UPS and TuSimple conduct daily testing between Phoenix and Tucson.

其中一家客户正是 UPS。该公司最初与图森合作,更好地了解四级自动驾驶卡车可以如何应用在其物流网络中。今年 5 月,两家公司拓展了合作关系,开始使用自动驾驶半挂卡车在图森和凤凰城之间开展货物运输,并测试这样做是否能优化 UPS 物流网络的服务和效率。UPS 和图森也会在凤凰城和亚利桑那州图森之间进行日常测试。

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