Tesla's upcoming electric semi truck will be able to drive itself

Chelsea West
August 12, 2017

It isn't putting all its testing eggs in the Nevada basket, and is also reported to be in talks with officials in California that a California DMV spokesperson called Jessica Gonzales told Reuters was "to talk about Tesla's efforts with autonomous trucks". 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.

Luxury electric auto maker Tesla reportedly plans to start testing a self-driving semi-truck.

Reuters has seen emails between Tesla and the Nevada DMV where the two sides discussed "potential road tests" of the truck's self-driving capabilities.

But he never talked about plans to use in upcoming electric truck technology Autonomous driving.

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Tesla is heavily engaged in autonomous driving developments for cars. There are now millions of truck drivers in the USA 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", Tesla regulatory official Nasser Zamani wrote to Nevada DMV official April Sanborn. 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. On July 10, Zamani inquired further to the Nevada DMV about terms for a testing license, an email seen by Reuters shows.

In those documents, Tesla sought state approval to test a prototype of its electric semi in Nevada that will contain self-driving software. The state officials confirmed that a meeting with Tesla did happen regarding the matter.

But there's more to come, one of the new products being Tesla's promised all-electric semi tractor, apparently for long-haul freight. It's not surprising to see autonomy on Tesla's trucks. Such trucks would require huge batteries, he said, so the "cargo essentially becomes the battery".

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