Billy Big Rigger! 'Platooning' Self-Driving E-Trucks Next on Tesla's List

Isaac Cain
August 11, 2017

Tesla is now involved in an email discussion with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) regarding the same, as quoted by Reuters.

The auto company is reportedly moving closer to testing a prototype for a long-haul, electric semi-truck that will be able to drive itself and "platoon", or travel closely together with other autonomous vehicles at high speeds.

On the other hand, the press Secretary of the DMV's Jessica Gonzalez stated that yesterday was the meeting of the official representatives of the authorities of the state of California with the leadership of Tesla, so Elon musk is definitely a choice.

Nevada has all vehicle types and weights covered, but Tesla hasn't taken any formal action on it yet. But details about the vehicle's driving system have not been reported.

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Tesla is developing autonomous driving technology for its long-teased electric semi-trucks which would allow them to move in convoy formation, according to a new report from Reuters.

Meanwhile, there is no official date out as of now for Tesla to conduct trials of the self-driving semi trucks in Nevada. However, the company has managed to keep the autonomous efforts under wraps. However, Tesla has been a leader in self-driving luxury cars and it might bring some of its early expertise to gain a lead in self-driving automobiles against competitors. Tesla seems to be passing through scrutiny over the safety of using Autopilot since last year's fatal crash in Florida. Charges had been made in the suit against Uber, claiming that Waymo technology had been stolen and used in the Otto self-driving semi-truck that Uber had acquired.

Tesla has been working on its autonomous driving software for years, and recently the company jumped into building its own hardware, too, after a public spat with sensor maker Mobileye. Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and beleaguered Uber subsidiary Otto have been among the firms working on similar projects for some time.

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