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Google's Waymo To Face Off With Tesla In Autonomous Trucks

Google's Waymo To Face Off With Tesla In Autonomous Trucks

In a post on Medium, Waymo announced that it will be starting a pilot program for its autonomous trucks in Atlanta, Georgia next week. Of course, self-driving trucks aren't yet ready for full autonomy - there will be a driver present in the cab at all times, much as with cars. The announcement comes two days after rival Uber Technologies said its self-driving trucks will haul cargo on Arizona highways. Waymo and Google's logistics team are pairing up to tackle this together, and this pilot program is the culmination of one year of testing in California and Arizona. There will be a "highly-trained" driver onboard to take over vehicle controls in the event that there is a system malfunction or some other safety-related incident occurs. Our self-driving trucks use the same suite of custom-built sensors that power our self-driving minivan. Now, Waymo is applying the knowledge it has accumulated to launch self-driving trucks.

So, as Waymo said, be sure to keep a beady eye out for the self-driving trucks if you're a resident of Atlanta. Although the basic principles of driving remain the same, driving a truck that's loaded down with cargo is trickier due to its size and different ways of handling. "In short, our near-decade of experience with passenger vehicles has given us a head start in trucking".




The race is heating up to remove the driver and get autonomous freight trucks on the road. Interestingly, the company said it now has nearly 10 years of experience in self-driving passenger vehicles, which it will leverage for its autonomous trucks.

"Trucking is a vital part of the American economy, and we believe self-driving technology has the potential to make this sector safer and even stronger".


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