Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Tesla looks to test Semi on USA roads

Reuters exclusively reported on Wednesday that Tesla is now developing a self-driving semitruck, which the solar and tech company hopes to test out on Nevada roads.

"To insure we are on the same page, our primary goal is the ability 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", read the email by Tesla regulatory official Nasser Zamani to Nevada DMV official April Sanborn. Reuters revealed the information after viewing an email exchange between Tesla and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

On the other hand, the press Secretary of the DMV's Jessica Gonzalez stated that yesterday was the meeting of the official representatives of the authorities of the state of California with the leadership of Tesla, so Elon musk is definitely a choice.

Tesla is heavily engaged in autonomous driving developments for cars.

Several Silicon Valley companies developing autonomous driving technology are working on long-haul trucks.

Some companies also are working on technology for road trains, a driving formation where trucks follow one another closely. 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.

It's unclear, however, how Tesla envisions platooning, which can be done with or without a lead driver.

That's the term for automated vehicles traveling very close together at speed, which significantly cuts aerodynamic drag.

Self-driving cars, though, have been tested on California roads. In the paperwork, Tesla would have to explain to the DMV how they have tested the truck and safety measures.

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 company's main task over the next year is to get its lower-priced Model 3 electric auto into volume assembly at high quality, a process CEO Elon Musk has called "production hell".

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