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Tesla Wants To Test Autonomous Semi-Trucks Soon

Tesla Wants To Test Autonomous Semi-Trucks Soon

Tesla wants an electric long-haul semi-truck that is able to drive itself and move in what Tesla calls "platoons" with other autonomous big rigs following a lead truck.

Tesla is now involved in an email discussion with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) regarding the same, as quoted by Reuters. The electric-car maker also reportedly met with the California DMV to discuss "efforts with autonomous trucks".

It had previously been reported that Tesla is working on a heavy-duty electric semi-truck and plans to unveil it in September.

Tesla has been cramming semi-autonomous technology into its cars for many years now and while the tech has had some issues, it has proven to be one of the most sought after features in Tesla cars.

Several Silicon Valley companies developing autonomous driving technology are working on long-haul trucks. Waymo, the Alphabet company created from the Google self-driving auto project, has also recently revealed that it's also in the early stages of creating autonomous truck tech. The advantages of platooning is that it's theoretically safer-if the lead truck slows down, the rest automatically follow.

The trend is clear: governments and private manufacturers see autonomous vehicles as the future of transit, and as self-driving vehicles infiltrate the trucking industry, they could drive down costs and increase efficiency for shippers, but put truck drivers and even carriers out of business.

Allahabad Bank posts net profit in Q1 at Rs 29 crore
However, net interest income decreased by 3.51 per cent to Rs 17,606 crore from Rs 18,246 crore year earlier. Its total expenses were at Rs715.78 crore as compared to Rs599.28 crore in June quarter last fiscal.

A self-driving Tesla semi truck is in the works.

Tesla is indicating it's serious about introducing an electric semi by seeking permission to test self-driving versions in California and Nevada.

Zamani did not mention any dates for potential road tests but inquired about the terms of obtaining an AV testing license. Tesla seems to be passing through scrutiny over the safety of using Autopilot since last year's fatal crash in Florida.

The commitment was also made clear and repeated during the company's annual shareholder meeting in June.

Tesla declined to comment.


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