Google's Waymo tests self-driving trucks
10 June, 2017
Alphabet's self-driving car company Waymo is testing autonomous trucks for long-distance deliveries, news wires reported. "We're taking our eight years of experience in building self-driving hardware and software and conducting a technical exploration into how our technology can integrate into a truck," a Waymo spokesperson said in a statement.
Waymo, which is looking to expand its self-driving car efforts, expects autonomous vehicles to be able to take over longer distance trucking in the coming years, while allowing human drivers to handle local pickup and delivery routes. The company is currently testing a single Peterbilt truck at its private track in California.
Other companies have also been working on self-driving trucks. Rival Uber has been working on autonomous trucking through its Otto unit, which it acquired last year. German carmaker Daimler and California-based Tesla have also been stepping up efforts in autonomous driving in recent years.
A Goldman Sachs Economics Research report issued earlier this month found that autonomous vehicles will take large numbers of jobs away from drivers in the US.