Tesla Wants To Test Autonomous Semi-Trucks Soon

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"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". In emails obtained by the news agency, Reuters says Tesla is putting self-driving technology into the electric tractor the company expects to unveil in September and hopes to test in Nevada. Now, reports indicate that truck also will have autonomous capabilities. 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.

The idea of "platooning" autonomous semis is an old one.

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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. (Otto later claimed it did in fact have an engineer farther back in the cab of the truck.) It appears Tesla learned Uber's lesson and contacted the state's DMV first, although the Nevada DMV said that Tesla has not yet applied for the necessary permits to test an autonomous semi in the state.

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Tesla will be joining the self-driving locomotive space alongside Uber and Waymo.

California doesn't yet have rules in place governing the testing of autonomous heavy trucks over 10,000 pounds, while light-duty vehicles have been tested there for a few years.

Uber has also moved in a similar direction, acquiring the self-driving truck company Otto a year ago. Tesla declined to comment.

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