Self-driving trucks will deliver to Google data centers in Atlanta

Self-driving trucks will deliver to Google data centers in Atlanta

Waymo has been road testing its self-driving trucks in California and Arizona over the past year, since announcing them in July 2017. "Beginning sometime next week, Waymo will be launching a pilot test in Atlanta, Georgia where their fleet of self-driving trucks will be "[carrying] cargo bound for Google's data centers". If you're a resident of Atlanta, you can rest a little easier in the knowledge that the trucks will also be ferrying a trained driver in the cab to monitor systems and take over the vehicle if needed. In a blog post Friday, the company noted that it has been testing its self-driving trucks over the past year in California and Arizona.

To accomplish this, Waymo will be teaming up with Google's logistics team to accelerate the development of their self-driving semi truck technology and "integrate it into the operations of shippers and carriers". The other three companies we've mentioned-Uber, Starsky, and Embark-have all focused on freeway driving, which is generally considered the easiest type of driving to automate.

Like both Uber and Embark, Waymo needs to strike a manufacturing partnership to build these trucks.

Waymo hasn't provided much detail about its driverless truck tech, but there's reason to believe it may be more advanced than what its competitors have developed so far.

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Waymo's trucks will have plenty of competition. That's where Tesla, which recently unveiled its self-driving electric freight trucks, could have a leg up.

Uber announced Tuesday that its freight unit was using self-driving semis with human backup drivers to haul consumer goods on freeways in Arizona.

"Things like braking, turning, and blind spots are different with a fully-loaded truck and trailer", Waymo writes. Not only could such technology address the industry's chronic labor issues, but the potential reduction of transportation costs for countless products could inspire new delivery services and products.

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