Look Out for Tesla Self-Driving Trucks in Nevada and California

Look Out for Tesla Self-Driving Trucks in Nevada and California

Tesla wants an electric long-haul semi-truck that is able to drive itself and move in what Tesla calls "platoons" with other autonomous big rigs following a lead truck.

Luxury electric auto maker Tesla reportedly plans to start testing a self-driving semi-truck.

Tesla is already in talks with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles according to an email discussion that the publication has seen. On Wednesday, Reuters published an email between a Tesla official and the Nevada DMV revealing that the electric vehicle company is applying for licenses to test its trucks' self-driving and platooning capabilities across the border shared by the two states. Now, reports indicate that truck also will have autonomous capabilities.

On the other hand, if Tesla can persuade Nevada and California that its vehicles are safe, there's no federal law that would trump their ability to let Tesla run trials on highways. But details about the vehicle's driving system have not been reported.

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CEO Elon Musk revealed during Tesla's 2017 Shareholder meeting that the company has been meeting with several heavy-duty trucking companies on development of a Tesla Semi prototype that can be driven like a "sports car".

Tesla's teaser image of the semi truck. However, the company has managed to keep the autonomous efforts under wraps. Tesla has been a leader in developing self-driving technology for its luxury cars, including the lower-priced Model 3, which it is beginning to manufacture.

More driver-assistance features are being added to the Autopilot option available on Tesla vehicles. Charges had been made in the suit against Uber, claiming that Waymo technology had been stolen and used in the Otto self-driving semi-truck that Uber had acquired.

However, neither California officials nor Tesla would confirm the Reuters reports when contacted by Overdrive. Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and beleaguered Uber subsidiary Otto have been among the firms working on similar projects for some time.