Tesla autonomous semi-trucks will move in platoons, prototype coming soon

Tesla's teaser image of the semi truck

Tesla's teaser image of the semi truck

Reuters also reported that California DMV officials will meet with Tesla this week "to talk about Tesla's efforts with autonomous trucks".

Peloton Technology is working with Volvo on a similar platooning system to Tesla's trucks. The information also apparently describes Tesla's desire to create long-haul electric semis that can drive themselves in "platoons", potentially following behind a lead truck piloted by a human driver.

The electric carmaker is said to be nearing the completion of a prototype of the trucks, according to an email obtained by Reuters between Tesla and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Tesla will soon unveil trucks which are autonomously capable of travelling in "platoons".

. Its most popular competition comes from Uber and Waymo, Google's former autonomous vehicle development company now under its parent firm Alphabet Inc. There are now millions of truck drivers in the USA and, as reported by The Guardian, there is a "strong undercurrent of denial" that automation and autonomous vehicles will replace any jobs.

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The truck is expected to be officially revealed in September 2017, however, before that, the company is taking its prototype testing quite seriously. He made no reference to any dates for potential road tests. Then, on July 10, Zamani asked the DMV for testing license terms. She said that the DMV was not aware of the level of autonomy in the trucks. Tesla offers semi-autonomous features on all of its current models in the form of Autopilot, which costs an additional $5,000 at the time of purchase. The state officials confirmed that a meeting with Tesla did happen regarding the matter.

At the moment no company was tested in the Nevada self-driving trucks without being in the driver's cab.

"It's going to be a cool product and will defy people's expectations on what an electric truck can do", Tesla CEO Elon Musk told investors in May. They declined to comment further.

While established trucking companies and truck manufacturing startups have poured resources into electrifying local package delivery fleets, battery range limitations have largely kept the industry from making electric trucks that travel across swaths of the country.

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