TuSimple Inc., a San Diego-based autonomous semi-truck technology startup, is creating 500 new jobs with its facility expansion in Tucson.
TuSimple opened its 6,800-square-foot testing and development facility in Tucson a year ago, and expanded it to 50,000 square feet in February. Plans are to continue expanding the facility and increase to 200 trucks by 2019.
The expansion has a projected total economic impact of $1.1 billion over the next five years.
With 55 employees now in Tucson, TuSimple plans to hire another 500 primarily in Tucson for positions including professional truck drivers, test operations engineers, office managers, fleet logistics, mechanical engineers and diesel mechanics.