Tesla to test self-driving semi-truck in California, Nevada
Aug 11 2017 by Joanne Wise
"To insure we are on the same page, our primary goal is the ability to operate our prototype test trucks in a continuous manner across the state line and within the States of Nevada and California in a platooning and/or autonomous mode without having a person in the vehicle", Tesla regulatory official Nasser Zamani wrote to Nevada DMV official April Sanborn.
Platooning is when a group of vehicles travels close together at electronically coordinated speeds; the technique increases fuel efficiency by lessening drag.
Tesla Inc.is developing self-driving trucking technology that may be ready to test soon, according to Reuters.
The Department of Motor Vehicles said it is already in talks with the auto maker, but there's still a lot to be done before the trucks hit the road.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk put out a few teasers in the spring, but had not mentioned the truck was going to be autonomous. But details about the vehicle's driving system have not been reported.
Meanwhile, there is no official date out as of now for Tesla to conduct trials of the self-driving semi trucks in Nevada.
Tesla has been a leader in developing self-driving technology for its luxury cars, and is about to start manufacturing the lower-priced Model 3 auto. They've crafted a plan for world domination that includes electric cars, self-driving technology, solar power, and energy storage, among other things-and they're not done yet. Besides producing a video showing an Otto truck driving down a road without any safety personnel in the front seat, the company also executed the drive without the appropriate autonomous testing permit.
The latest report shows that Tesla is ratcheting up efforts in the long-haul trucking industry, which is considered a prime contender for autonomous vehicle technology.
Tesla declined to comment on the matter, while Nevada officials confirmed that the company had not yet been given a license for the testing.