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

Angelica Greene
August 11, 2017

Tesla is poised to begin testing a self-driving semi-truck in an advancement that could help revolutionize shipping, according to multiple reports. "The California [Department of Motor Vehicles] met with Tesla yesterday to discuss Tesla's efforts involving electric trucks", she said Thursday.

The Reuters report also mentioned that the semis would be outfitted with autonomous functions, so they could traverse the nation's highways without a driver in the front seat.

Platooning is when a group of vehicles travels close together at electronically coordinated speeds; the technique increases fuel efficiency by lessening drag. Some of these tech firms are working on "platooning" technology which allow drivers to rest, while the automobile itself and trucks behind will follow the leader truck.

The idea of "platooning" autonomous semis is an old one. An autonomous vehicle does not include a vehicle that is equipped with one or more collision avoidance systems, such as electronic blind spot assistance, automated emergency braking systems, park assist, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and traffic jam and queuing assist.

Tesla offers semi-self driving features on all of its current vehicles in the form of Autopilot that costs customers an additional $5,000.

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Autonomous trucking has been a popular goal among entrepreneurs as well. Otto was shortly thereafter sold to Uber, where it became embroiled in a scandal with the Nevada DMV for flouting the state's autonomous testing rules.

Uber has also moved in a similar direction, acquiring the self-driving truck company Otto past year.

Tesla's truck program is being led by VP of Trucks and Programs Jerome Guillen who has a long history in the long-haul trucking industry, having previously worked at Diamler and was General Manager of New Product Development at Freightliner Trucks.

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

Tesla has yet to comment on their new innovation.

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