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Tesla self-driving truck set for road testing

12 August 2017, 12:30 | Frank Carlson

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More than a year ago, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment held an autonomous truck platooning demo that involved automakers such as DAF Trucks, Daimler, IVECO, MAN, Scania, and Volvo. Tesla wants an electric long-haul semi-truck that is able to drive itself and move in what Tesla calls "platoons" with other autonomous big rigs following a lead truck.

Meanwhile, there is no official date out as of now for Tesla to conduct trials of the self-driving semi trucks in Nevada.

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. There are now millions of truck drivers in the U.S. and, as reported by The Guardian, there is a "strong undercurrent of denial" that automation and autonomous vehicles will replace any jobs.

"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", Zamani wrote.

The truck is expected to be officially revealed in September 2017, however, before that, the company is taking its prototype testing quite seriously. Then, on July 10, Zamani asked the DMV for testing license terms. Tesla certainly won't be the last to pursue autonomous tech for commercial purposes.

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Reuters reports that Tesla is now developing self-driving technology for semi-trucks and that once the tech is ready Tesla wants to test it in Nevada.

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.

California DMV spokeswoman Gonzalez said that Tesla had requested a meeting on Wednesday to introduce new staff and talk about Tesla's efforts with autonomous trucks.

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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