Waymo and Google launch a self-driving truck pilot in Atlanta

Waymo and Google launch a self-driving truck pilot in Atlanta

Waymo and Google launch a self-driving truck pilot in Atlanta

Additionally, the trucks will be building upon the 5 million miles that the company's autonomous vehicles have already driven on public roads and the other 5 million miles of driving that have been simulated. Both companies recently came to a settlement and are now discussing a potential partnership.

Look out, truckers. Waymo, the self-driving vehicle unit of Alphabet Inc.

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Waymo CEO John Krafcik has alluded to autonomous trucks before, and so the assumption was that the company would eventually pursue some kind of autonomous trucking service. Starting next week, Waymo's self-driving trucks will begin hauling cargo to Google's data centers. Germany's Daimler AG got a jump on Waymo when it showed off its fully licensed autonomous Freightliner Inspiration truck at the Hoover Dam in 2015.

"As our self-driving trucks hit the highways in the region, we will have highly-trained drivers in the cabs to monitor systems and take control if needed", Waymo said in a blog post. Waymo has installed its self-drive system and some of the same sensors used on its driverless Chrysler Pacifica minivans to enable the Peterbilt Class 8 Semis to drive themselves.

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Waymo announced its push into autonomous trucking a year ago and has since been testing its fleet in California and Arizona.

Alphabet's autonomous auto division, Waymo, has announced that it is deploying a fleet of self-driving trucks to the roads of Atlanta. With Waymo's partnership with Google's logistics team, they will be able to further develop the technology and integrate it into the operations of shippers and carriers, with their network of factories, distribution centers, ports, and terminals. A Waymo spokeswoman declined to say how many trucks will be tested.

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