Reuters exclusively reported on Wednesday that Tesla is now developing a self-driving semitruck, which the solar and tech company hopes to test out on Nevada roads. The news comes via Reuters, which read an email discussion between Tesla and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.
Tesla is also set to meet with the California DMV to discuss autonomous trucking technology, according to comments made by that organization to Reuters.
Elon Musk first announced the Tesla semi-truck over 12 months ago as part of his second master plan and intends on revealing the concept in September but until now, there's been no word about the vehicle implementing any sort of autonomous driving capabilities. It was reported a few months ago, but now the information appeared, these machines are developed as soon as able to move not just Autonomous, but also in the columns of the leading vehicle.
Daimler, Volvo, and other European heavy-truck makers have put years of effort into the technology, including numerous demonstrations on limited stretches of highway. The advantages of platooning is that it's theoretically safer-if the lead truck slows down, the rest automatically follow.
"However, the time-frame during which even platooning can safely be delivered without a driver in the vehicle remains to be seen and we believe, as per other autonomous technologies, that deployment with full "hands-off and eyes-off" will take longer than many anticipate".
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Self-driving cars, though, have been tested on California roads.
Platooning, meanwhile, is seen as a way to reduce fuel consumption significantly among trucks with internal combustion engines (which, of course, the Tesla semi would not have).
Musk confirmed of Tesla working on heavy-duty electric trucks in one of his tweets in June.
Venkat Viswanathan, a lithium ion battery researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, said that electric long-haul trucking was not yet economically feasible yet, and that the massive batteries required to compete with the 500-mile range of diesel trucks would limit cargo carrying capacity.