Waymo to start rolling out self-driving truck fleet in Atlanta

Waymo to start rolling out self-driving truck fleet in Atlanta

Waymo to start rolling out self-driving truck fleet in Atlanta

The company announced on Friday that its self-driving trucks have begun hauling real cargo in the Atlanta area.

Uber uses a "transfer hub" model, where a human driver takes a trailer through busy city streets at the beginning and end of a trip, while a self-driving truck drives a long-haul, freeway-only route in between.

"Over the past year, we've been conducting road tests of Waymo's self-driving trucks in California and Arizona", Waymo wrote in a blog post. Google's own logistics team is partnering with Waymo to develop the autonomous trucks through the pilot program.

Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under parent company Alphabet, is scaling up.

Red-Hot Ronaldo Fires Real Madrid Past Eibar
First Ramos saw his 42nd-minute header fly wide before Dmitrovic made a superb save to tip Ronaldo's deflected shot over his goal. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has predicted that the €400m (£356) transfer barrier will be broken within the next decade.

"Our software is learning to drive big rigs in much the same way a human driver would after years of driving passenger cars", the company's post said. As the company explains, the basic principles are the same but driving a semi is harder as the braking, turning radius and blind spots are completely different than on normal passenger cars. The company has also been working on a fleet of autonomous semi trucks and they're finally ready to be put to the test. Our self-driving trucks use the same suite of custom-built sensors that power our self-driving minivan. The company noted that its system leverages data collected from 5 million autonomous miles driven with another 5 billion driven in simulation.

While Waymo is starting a new pilot program for self-driving truck technology, it's definitely isn't the only company doing so. Last week, Uber announced that its autonomous trucks have been operating in Arizona for a couple months now. The program, called Uber Freight, addresses shipping logistics with software, connecting shippers to available truck drivers via an app- much like Uber's ride-hailing app works. It's doing this through the same way you'd each anyone with passenger vehicle driving experience on how to drive a semi truck.

"As we look to the future of innovation and efficiency, self-driving vehicles are at the forefront of enhancing roadway safety and making the transportation of American goods more feasible".

Waymo's self-driving trucks will start rolling out next week.

Related news