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Tesla: Self-Driving Semi-Trucks On The Way

12 August 2017

The electric-semi truck from Tesla will reportedly be capable of "platooning", and the Silicon Valley automaker wants to test the technology in the state of Nevada. About it it became known to Reuters, familiar with the correspondence between the company and the Department of motor vehicles of Nevada (DMV) about the possibility of road tests. Musk confirmed of Tesla working on heavy-duty electric trucks in one of his tweets in June.

Nevada DMV spokesperson Jessica Gonzalez told Reuters that Tesla requested for a meeting with California officials on Wednesday "to talk about Tesla's efforts with autonomous trucks", as well as to introduce new staff.

But he never talked about plans to use in upcoming electric truck technology Autonomous driving. He made no reference to any dates for potential road tests.

Tesla and Uber are not the only companies to look at self driving cars.

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The Nevada approach makes sense as the state has form in the area, with Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) testing an autonomous Freightliner Cascadia, dubbed the Inspiration, in the state to much fanfare in 2015.

Reuters reports that Tesla is now developing self-driving technology for semi-trucks and that once the tech is ready Tesla wants to test it in Nevada.

The company's main task over the next year is to get its lower-priced Model 3 electric vehicle into volume assembly at high quality, a process CEO Elon Musk has called "production hell".

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Vehicles that platoon must continually communicate with each other and the infrastructure around them, but the distances between them are far too short to allow a human driver to react in time to emergencies.

Tesla is hardly the first to work on developing driverless trucks.

Tesla is apparently developing both a self-driving mode, as well as a platooning mode. It's unclear whether the lead vehicle would have a driver or operate autonomously with a person in the front seat to monitor safety.

Lithium ion battery researcher Venkat Viswanathan of Carnegie Mellon University said electric long-haul trucking is not economically feasible yet.

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Tesla: Self-Driving Semi-Trucks On The Way