Self-driving vehicles are such a rapidly growing trend that automakers are enthusiastic about its production. First came the self-driving cars which became an instant hit among the automakers. Companies from all across the world dedicatedly began working on this piece of technology. Rigorous testing for the same is under process to make sure that such vehicles don’t cause harm to the surroundings as well as humans. Even alternative methods for testing which can save time have come up in order to bring these autonomous vehicles on the road as soon as possible. But Alphabet’s self-driving sector, Waymo, has gone even a step further. It has declared to come up with the self-driving truck.
Waymo was specifically formed to commercialize the self-driving technology of Google. Contemporaries of this company such as Volvo, Daimler, and Uber are already working on such autonomous trucks. Then how could a well-established name in the autonomous industry like Waymo be left behind? Waymo began as a driverless car program of Google but now is a standalone company in itself. This company is striving hard to not only create updated technology but also commercialize it. The company confirmed news about the self-driving truck on Friday. This project is a high-profile one in order to showcase the company’s autonomous expertise.
The self-driving truck testing begins
Waymo has not only decided to work on its self-driving truck unit but has also started testing it. Buzzfeed News initially spotted this autonomous truck technology. On asking Waymo about the same, the company confirmed the news. This shows that the company is already testing it which means it plans to run it on the road soon. The company’s spokesperson stated that the organization had invested eight years in creating self-driving hardware and software. After this, the tech experts are carrying out a technical exploration about integrating this technology into trucks.
Despite the aim of rapid expansion, safety is still the first priority for Waymo. The company focuses on reducing the thousands of deaths that take place due to truck accidents every year. Testing of this self-driving truck is taking place at the company’s private track in California. Towards the end of this year, road tests will happen in Arizona. Experts believe that such autonomous trucks will also curb the problem of shortage of drivers to quite an extent. This new project has given another reason to Uber to maintain rival relations with Waymo.