Tesla's upcoming electric semi truck will be able to drive itself


According to the report, details of which were carried in a number of other news outlets in the U.S. and internationally, the DMV was asked about platooning tests along with autonomous driving tests of the vehicles involving both the neighbouring states. Industry rumours say that Tesla is already in talks with authorities of the American states of California and Nevada to permit the trials of its new truck on public roads. Elon Musk, the CEO of the company, back in April 2017 confirmed via a tweet that Tesla's truck team was working on a "seriously next level job".

In an email to the Nevada DMV, Tesla sought permission to "operate our prototype test trucks in a continuous manner across the state line and within the states of Nevada and California in a platooning and/or autonomous mode without having a person in the vehicle", which would be one of the first tests not including a human driver in the vehicle if permitted.

It's no secret that Tesla has plans to build an electric semi-truck: the idea was floating around as early as September 2016. He made no reference to any dates for potential road tests.

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

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Self-driving trucks haven't been tested on Nevada roads yet. Peloton considers platooning as an important precursor to autonomy when it comes to long-haul driverless trucks, in order to increase safety and efficiency. They declined to comment further.

"They think the truck doesn't have enough power or it doesn't have enough range, and then with the Tesla Semi we want to show that no, an electric truck actually can out-torque any diesel semi", Musk said in the talk.

The new electric truck in question here is believed to be able to travel in "platoons" - which means autonomously following the path of a leading vehicle. 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. Venkat Viswanathan, a lithium ion battery researcher from Carnegie Mellon, told Reuters that long-haul electric trucks aren't commercially feasible yet.