Tesla electric will test self-driving truck in Nevada

Lucy Hill
August 12, 2017

The US states of Nevada and California have been linked with Elon Musk's Tesla regarding on-roads Semi Truck testing, news outlets in the US report.

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).

Tesla Inc is developing a long-haul, electric semi-truck that can drive itself and move in "platoons" that automatically follow a lead vehicle, and is getting closer to testing a prototype, according to an email discussion of potential road tests between the auto company and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), seen by Reuters.

According to Reuters, based on a email obtained by them between Tesla and DMV, the automaker met with transportation department officials in Nevada to discuss about its plans to test a self-driving truck crossing between the states.

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Tesla's latest project isn't completely new to the industry, but it does combine autonomy and sustainability - which other companies, so far, have pursued separately - and that may give Tesla a leg up in the brewing competition.

Will Tesla be the first to bring automated trucks to the masses? The firm is also close to finishing work on a prototype model that it plans to test in Nevada.

Self-driving trucks haven't been tested on Nevada roads yet. On July 10, Zamani inquired further to the Nevada DMV about terms for a testing license, an email seen by Reuters shows.

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 state officials confirmed that a meeting with Tesla did happen regarding the matter. He made no reference to any dates for potential road tests. Last October, the Silicon Valley startup Otto used an autonomous truck to ship beer in Colorado. They declined to comment further. 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. Such trucks would require huge batteries, he said, so the "cargo essentially becomes the battery".

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