Tesla self-driving truck set for road testing

Tesla self-driving truck set for road testing

Now, a leaked email exchange between Tesla and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), seen by Reuters, reveal that the company is developing electric, self-driving semis that move in "platoons" trailing a lead vehicle.

Several other Silicon Valley companies are developing autonomous driving technology and are working on long-haul trucks. He made no reference to any dates for potential road tests.

Tesla already has quite an experience in autonomous vehicle technology - the company's "Autopilot" technology has already been implemented on its Model S and Model X vehicles. (Otto later claimed it did in fact have an engineer farther back in the cab of the truck.) It appears Tesla learned Uber's lesson and contacted the state's DMV first, although the Nevada DMV said that Tesla has not yet applied for the necessary permits to test an autonomous semi in the state.

The email exchange shows that the auto company is putting self-driving technology into an electric truck, which it plans to unveil in September 2017.

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. In one of these exchanges, Tesla regulatory official Nasser Zamani wrote to DMV official April Sanborn about the agenda for a July 16 meeting. Some of these tech firms are working on "platooning" technology which allow drivers to rest, while the automobile itself and trucks behind will follow the leader truck.




The company's main task over the next year is to get its lower-priced Model 3 electric vehicle into volume assembly at high quality, a process CEO Elon Musk has called "production hell".

Long-haul trucks do not face cross traffic when they travel on limited-access highways, and they largely operate at steady speeds.

We applaud Tesla's self-driving efforts and look forward to seeing the semi in the flesh later this year.

The new electric truck in question here is believed to be able to travel in "platoons" - which means autonomously following the path of a leading vehicle.

"Your cargo essentially becomes the battery", Viswanathan said of the massive batteries that would be needed to make range competitive with diesel.

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