Tesla may test its unmanned trucks in Nevada

11 August, 2017, 08:01 | Author: Pamela Mathis

The Silicon Valley automaker met with transportation department officials in Nevada in June about its plans to test a driverless truck crossing between the states, according to a document obtained by Reuters.

Platooning is basically a driving formation where vehicles, in this case large trucks, follow each other very closely.

Tesla is already in talks with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles according to an email discussion that the publication has seen.

Earlier this year, Tesla teased an electric semi truck.

CEO Elon Musk revealed during Tesla's 2017 Shareholder meeting that the company has been meeting with several heavy-duty trucking companies on development of a Tesla Semi prototype that can be driven like a "sports car". California DMV is working with California Highway Patrol on writing rules governing semi-trucks that need to be tested as autonomous vehicles before they're legally allowed free access to roads.

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Tesla offers semi-self driving features on all of its current vehicles in the form of Autopilot that costs customers an additional $5,000.

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 vehicle. But a report in Reuters adds a new, if somewhat unsurprising, wrinkle to the mix: the Tesla big rig is probably going to have self-driving capabilities. 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.

Gonzalez declined to elaborate further and messages to Tesla seeking comment were not returned.

Speaking to Reuters, officials from Nevada said that Tesla has yet to apply for an autonomous testing license for its truck.

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.


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