Tesla Wants To Test Autonomous Semi Without A Human Driver

Tesla Wants To Test Autonomous Semi Without A Human Driver

In an email to the Nevada DMV, Tesla sought permission 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", which would be one of the first tests not including a human driver in the vehicle if permitted.

Officials at Tesla, the California DMV and Nevada DMV were not immediately available to comment Thursday morning.

Nevada has all vehicle types and weights covered, but Tesla hasn't taken any formal action on it yet.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced over 12 months ago that he was planning to produce a heavy-duty electric truck.

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Developing autonomous or self-driving vehicles have become a common aims of the Silicon Valley companies. Reports indicate that the meeting, at least in part, dealt with Tesla wanting to test self-driving trucks on the state's roadways. And Tesla, like other tech giants and automakers, has been racing to build self-driving cars. The company will have to wait until government officials approve operation of fully autonomous vehicles before those automated functions can be activated.

It also offers most of the trucks decreased wind resistance, which could help increase an EV semi's range-a major concern given the weight freight companies load semis with.

More driver-assistance features are being added to the Autopilot option available on Tesla vehicles.

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. 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. However, it appears that the trial with Waymo will need to come to an end before Uber can turn its attention back to self-driving trucks.

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