Tesla to Test Self-driving
August 11, 2017
U.S. electric car manufacturer Tesla is close to testing a
long-haul self-driving electric truck that could drive in
convoys following a lead vehicle.
The company is reportedly also in contact with Nevada Department
of Motor Vehicles about the possibility of testing the truck on
the state’s roads.
Earlier this year Tesla’s founder Elon Musk announced that a new
long-haul truck would be revealed in September but did not
mention plans to make it self-driving.
trucks on interstate highways often drive at relatively constant
speeds with little or no intersections which makes autonomous
driving easier to achieve.
Several large truck manufacturers, such as Volvo and Mercedes,
as well as Silicon Valley companies have been working on the
so-called ‘platooning’ technology that will enable long-range
trucks to drive in formation, with only the lead vehicle having
a human driver.
But even if the tech gets perfected, automakers are still
struggling with the current limitations of electronic vehicles,
namely their limited range per charge.
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