Tesla seeking to test driver-free electric trucks on public roads

Tesla seeking to test driver-free electric trucks on public roads

Tesla seeking to test driver-free electric trucks on public roads

Now, Reuters has viewed e-mail correspondence between Tesla and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles that indicate that the company has discussed testing semi trucks on the state's roads.

The correspondence and meetings with state officials show that Tesla moving forward in a highly competitive area of commercial transport also being pursued by Uber and Alphabet's former Google auto company, now called Waymo.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the electric-car maker has plans to introduce an electric-semi truck in the near future, but new information reveals the truck will use self-driving capabilities.

Tesla is heavily engaged in autonomous driving developments for cars.

Several other Silicon Valley companies are developing autonomous driving technology and are working on long-haul trucks. Most analysts agree fully autonomous semi trucks won't be ready for another 10 years or more; platooning is a precursor to the self-driving technology. This mode will have at least two trucks moving one after the other in close proximity (the second one automatically follows the first).

The industry is seen as lucrative, due to the relatively consistent speeds and little cross-traffic that trucks face on highways.

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A self-driving Tesla semi truck is in the works.

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Tesla will soon unveil trucks which are autonomously capable of travelling in "platoons".

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Zamani did not mention any dates for potential road tests but inquired about the terms of obtaining an AV testing license. Tesla certainly won't be the last to pursue autonomous tech for commercial purposes.

Tesla declined to comment on the matter, referring Reuters to the previous statements by Musk, who has discussed the truck in tweets and at the annual shareholder meeting.

Venkat Viswanathan, a lithium ion battery researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, said that electric long-haul trucking was not yet economically feasible yet, and that the massive batteries required to compete with the 500-mile range of diesel trucks would limit cargo carrying capacity.

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