Waymo Driverless Trucks Will Be Used to Haul Google Cargo

11 March, 2018, 01:47 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Waymo is testing self-driving trucks in Atlanta

Although Waymo is testing self-driving technology on the trucks, there will be a driver behind the wheel.

A Waymo trial is hauling cargo between Google's Atlanta data centers.

The bright blue trucks in Waymo's Atlanta pilot will still have back-up drivers in the cabs to monitor systems and take control if needed. In the pilot, Waymo will integrate its technology into the operations of shippers and carriers with their network of factories, distribution centres, ports and terminals.

"Our software is learning to drive big rigs in much the same way a human driver would after years of driving passenger cars", Waymo said in a blog post. 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.

"They benefit from the same advanced self-driving software that has enabled our cars to go fully driverless in Arizona", the Waymo team said.

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Google's Waymo has been testing autonomous vehicles for quite some time, so it's taking the next logical step by shifting the technology over to trucks.

Today's announcement comes a couple of weeks after Waymo announced its self-driving cars had covered 5 million miles on public roads.

In January, The National reported that Sharjah-based Bee'ah, the region's fastest-growing environmental management company, will buy 50 Tesla Semi heavy duty electric trucks - the first and largest fleet of the newly unveiled vehicle in the Middle East - the company said at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. Even though most of those miles were for passenger vehicles, the firm says almost a decade of experience gives it a head start in trucking. Last week, Uber announced that its autonomous trucks have been operating in Arizona for a couple months now. "The transport of freight and cargo is a critical driver for the American economy".

While Waymo is starting a new pilot program for self-driving truck technology, it's definitely isn't the only company doing so.

Waymo is poised to change how we get a ride and now the company is focusing on how we get various goods.

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