Self-driving trucks will deliver to Google data centers in Atlanta

Waymo, the autonomous vehicle division of Google's parent company, Alphabet, announced today that its self-driving trucks will be tested on Atlanta highways.

Waymo began testing its autonomous trucks during trials in California and Arizona and is ready to expands those trials in high-profile way.

To accomplish this, Waymo will be teaming up with Google's logistics team to accelerate the development of their self-driving semi truck technology and "integrate it into the operations of shippers and carriers". If you live in Atlanta and see one of Waymo's big blue trucks, then, you can rest assured that it isn't operating completely autonomously yet. Although the basic principles of driving remain the same, driving a truck that's loaded down with cargo is trickier due to its size and different ways of handling. Though the goal is for the truck to drive itself, there will be a driver in the cab to monitor systems and take over if there's an emergency.

Waymo is going to be looking to leverage their already 9-year experience in self-driving technology to truck driving, but even with all their experience, they are going to face some significant competition in the space.

'They benefit from the same advanced self-driving software that has enabled our cars to go fully driverless in Arizona'.

Above Waymo truck
Above Waymo truck

Thus far, Waymo seems to have focused mostly on applying its self-driving technology to the ride-hailing market.

Self-driving trucks could be quite interesting, since trucking is a very vital part of our economy.

Waymo's mission has always been to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around.

The latest installment, coming on the heels of a settled lawsuit between the two tech giants, involves self-driving truck testing.

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