Look Out for Tesla Self-Driving Trucks in Nevada and California

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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.

Tesla is working on electric, self-driving trucks that can travel in "platoons" or road trains capable of following a lead vehicle, according to leaked correspondence with regulators. According to Reuters, the California-based auto company is developing long-haul, electric semi trucks that can drive themselves and move in "platoons".

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced over 12 months ago that he was planning to produce a heavy-duty electric truck. It has only now been stated however, that the vehicle will be self-driving.

"Platooning has the potential to significantly reduce the running costs for truck operators and is an easier bridge to a practical, commercial semi-autonomous application in the early 2020s", Evercore ISI analyst Arndt Ellinghorst said Thursday in a note to investors. But a report in Reuters adds a new, if somewhat unsurprising, wrinkle to the mix: the Tesla big rig is probably going to have self-driving capabilities.


Reuters reports that Tesla met with the California DMV on Wednesday and has already met with the Nevada DMV. Besides producing a video showing an Otto truck driving down a road without any safety personnel in the front seat, the company also executed the drive without the appropriate autonomous testing permit.

Tesla has yet to comment on their new innovation.

Though Nevada officials declined to provide details of the meeting, they did confirm that a meeting with Tesla had occurred and that the company had not yet applied for a testing license to operate its autonomous electric semi-trucks. 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.

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