Waymo is testing self-driving trucks in Atlanta


Waymo said that Atlanta is one of the largest USA logistics hubs, which is why it makes sense to test its autonomous trucks there with Google's cargo. Waymo has been testing the trucks in California and Arizona over the past year.

The work being done with Google's logistics team means that it can also plug into an existing system for allocating loads, connecting shippers, factories, distribution centres, ports and more to have them ready to slot into the existing freight shipping ecosystem when fully ready.

Trucking represents a significant business opportunity for the half-dozen large and small tech companies pushing into the space.

Drivers in Atlanta will soon share the highways with autonomous trucks. 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.

Waymo claims that it has five million miles of real word experience with its autonomous vehicles and another five billion miles that have been traveled using simulations.

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The self-driving sensors in the trucks is the same as in the Waymo autonomous minivans.

'They benefit from the same advanced self-driving software that has enabled our cars to go fully driverless in Arizona'.

Waymo is expanding its self-driving big-rig tests to Atlanta. While numerous basic principles of a self-driving semi-truck are similar with passenger vehicles like the Lexus RX 450h and Chrysler Pacifica vehicles that Waymo typically uses, considerations have to be made for "braking, turning, and blind spots" with the fully-loaded weight of such a vehicle, and its vast size. That would mean a truck that can drive itself all the way from one loading dock to another-no safety driver, transfer hub, or remote operator needed.

Waymo's mission has always been to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around.

Waymo's self-driving trucks will start rolling out next week.


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