Waymo's self-driving trucks use the same sensors and software as its self-driving minivans and cars, which have been taxiing people around California and Arizona without a driver since November. Starting next week, Waymo's self-driving trucks will travel through metro Atlanta, delivering cargo to Google's data center in Douglas County, Georgia.
Uber uses a "transfer hub" model, where a human driver takes a trailer through busy city streets at the beginning and end of a trip, while a self-driving truck drives a long-haul, freeway-only route in between.
The latest test will help Waymo to "further develop our technology and integrate it into the operations of shippers and carriers, with their network of factories, distribution centers, ports and terminals".
Waymo has been testing its autonomous tractor-trailers on roads in California and Arizona since a year ago. 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.
With 5 million miles of real world testing under its belt and billions more in simulation, Waymo has made great strides in improving its autonomous driving capability. Interestingly, the company said it now has nearly 10 years of experience in self-driving passenger vehicles, which it will leverage for its autonomous trucks.
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"They benefit from the same advanced self-driving software that has enabled our cars to go fully driverless in Arizona", the Waymo team said. The other three companies we've mentioned-Uber, Starsky, and Embark-have all focused on freeway driving, which is generally considered the easiest type of driving to automate.
Waymo believes self-driving technology has the potential to make this sector safer and more efficient.
U.S. states set their own rules for roads, and a handful have passed laws allowing self-driving vehicles.
Waymo is poised to change how we get a ride and now the company is focusing on how we get various goods.
Waymo's trucks will have plenty of competition.