Tesla eyes autonomous big rig testing in Nevada

Tesla's teaser image of the semi truck

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 vehicle in "getting closer to prototype" in Nevada, said Reuters.

Plans to develop the production of electric truck CEO of Tesla Elon Musk announced a year ago. It isn't putting all its testing eggs in the Nevada basket, and is also reported to be in talks with officials in California that a California DMV spokesperson called Jessica Gonzales told Reuters was "to talk about Tesla's efforts with autonomous trucks".

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

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Self-driving cars, though, have been tested on California roads.

Tesla already has quite an experience in autonomous vehicle technology - the company's "Autopilot" technology has already been implemented on its Model S and Model X vehicles. If self-driving trucks become predominant on the roads, it could steal business from Berkshire owned railroad Burlington Northern, Buffett hinted. It's not surprising to see autonomy on Tesla's trucks.

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With Tesla, there's always something new coming up to keep owners, buyers, and fans excited. 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.

Tesla declined to comment on the matter, while Nevada officials confirmed that the company had not yet been given a license for the testing.

The trend is clear: governments and private manufacturers see autonomous vehicles as the future of transit, and as self-driving vehicles infiltrate the trucking industry, they could drive down costs and increase efficiency for shippers, but put truck drivers and even carriers out of business.

Venkat Viswanathan, a lithium ion battery researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, said that electric long-haul trucking was not yet economically feasible yet, and that the massive batteries required to compete with the 500-mile range of diesel trucks would limit cargo carrying capacity.

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