Waymo To Test Its Fleet Of Fully-Autonomous Semis In Atlanta
11 March, 2018, 01:49 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
Drivers in Atlanta will soon share the highways with autonomous trucks. The company announced today that it has launched a new pilot program in Atlanta, where its driverless trucks will be transporting cargo to Google data centers. Though the goal is for the truck to drive itself, there will be a driver in the cab to monitor systems and take over if there's an emergency.
The firm said that the software used to drive the big trucks is the same as that which drives the company's cars; the lorries also use the same suite of sensors that power Waymo's self-driving minivan.
"This pilot will let us further develop our technology and integrate it into the operations of shippers and carriers, with their network of factories, distribution centers, ports, and terminals", Waymo added.
Waymo said the trucks have already logged thousands of miles in California and Arizona, so Georgia is the third market in which they're being tested. As the company explains, the basic principles are the same but driving a semi is harder as the braking, turning radius and blind spots are completely different than on normal passenger cars.
Both moves are only the latest steps in the advancement of self-driving auto technology.
In January, The National reported that Sharjah-based Bee'ah, the region's fastest-growing environmental management company, will buy 50 Tesla Semi heavy duty electric trucks - the first and largest fleet of the newly unveiled vehicle in the Middle East - the company said at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. It's doing this through the same way you'd each anyone with passenger auto driving experience on how to drive a semi truck.
Trucking is a vital part of the American economy.
Autonomous-vehicle technology has been touted as having potential to save fuel, ease congestion, and make transportation safer. Uber announced this week that its own self-driving trucks starting hauling freight across Arizona in a test program.
Waymo's self-driving trucks will start rolling out next week.
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