Few months back Google has launched Waymo as its separate self driving car unit. This entity was launched under the parent company Alphabet Umbrella. Now Alphabet’s self driving car unit Waymo is working on developing self driving trucks. Google’s Waymo to Launch Self Driving Trucks.
The company is trying to expand its self driving experience. Now trucks will be on road at longer routes while human drivers will handle local pickup and delivery routes.
Google’s Waymo to Launch Self Driving Trucks
Waymo spokesperson said in a statement:
“We’re taking our eight years of experience in building self-driving hardware and software and conducting a technical exploration into how our technology can integrate into a truck,”
Other ride hailing companies are also working on self driving trucks. Uber Technologies is working on autonomous trucking via its Otto unit.
According to Waymo its final goal was to implement its driverless system on vehicles without steering wheels or pedals because it didn’t want humans to feel as if they needed to monitor the vehicle. However, government regulations currently require a vehicle to have steering wheels and pedals.