Waymo's self-driving trucks will start delivering freight in Atlanta

Waymo is testing self-driving trucks in Atlanta

The added equipment is identical to that in Waymo's self-driving minivans.

Waymo, formerly part of Google X, started working on self-driving cars back in 2009, but trucks are a relatively new frontier for the company. As the company explains, the basic principles are the same but driving a semi is harder as the braking, turning radius and blind spots are completely different than on normal passenger cars.

The location is ideal for Waymo. Waymo wouldn't say how many trucks are being tested, but it released pictures showing two blue semis.

Waymo's goal is to eventually integrate this technology into their shipping operations across their network of factories, distribution centers, ports and terminals. Human drivers will be on board Waymo trucks to take control if needed.

Waymo says it uses the same technology for its trucks, so it's a good guess that the company is aiming to achieve the same level of autonomy for its trucking fleet. Our self-driving trucks use the same suite of custom-built sensors that power our self-driving minivan.

Both moves are only the latest steps in the advancement of self-driving vehicle technology. The software is also the same and it benefits from having driven five million miles on public roads and over five billion miles in simulations. Last week, Uber announced that its autonomous trucks have been operating in Arizona for a couple months now. Rival Uber made a similar announcement on Tuesday, saying it is using self-driving semi trucks to augment human-driven rigs in its on-demand trucking service in the U.S. state of Arizona. The program, called Uber Freight, addresses shipping logistics with software, connecting shippers to available truck drivers via an app- much like Uber's ride-hailing app works.

Tesla, of course, recently announced an all-electric semi truck with limited self-driving capabilities. So we may see self-driving trucks on the roads before cars without drivers. "The transport of freight and cargo is a critical driver for the American economy". There, the trailers are hitched onto self-driving trucks for long highway hauls, according to the San Francisco-based company.

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