Monday, 21 August, 2017

Tesla To Develop Self-Driving Semi-Truck, Will Test In California & Nevada

Kelvin Reese | 12 August, 2017, 00:30

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, first announced his intentions to produce a heavy-duty electric truck past year and tweeted in April that the semi-truck would be unveiled in September 2017.

Tesla is already in talks with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles according to an email discussion that the publication has seen.

The Reuters report also mentioned that the semis would be outfitted with autonomous functions, so they could traverse the nation's highways without a driver in the front seat.

The long haul electric truck is said to feature platooning technology as well as self-driving technology, according to a Reuters report.

Those are seen as more favorable conditions for self-driving vehicles than the far more diverse circumstances faced by passenger vehicles in a wide range of uses.

The idea of "platooning" autonomous semis is an old one. If such automation technology works as desired, it would ultimately cut the need of having drivers in the following trucks. Platooning reduces the number of drivers that a shipping company would have to employ. Tesla certainly won't be the last to pursue autonomous tech for commercial purposes. Otto was shortly thereafter sold to Uber, where it became embroiled in a scandal with the Nevada DMV for flouting the state's autonomous testing rules.

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The officer's mom, also a police officer, has established a GoFundMe page for her son as he recovers from his injuries. The officer of Estill Police Department, Quincy Smith, was lucky to survive the attack, the New York Post reported .

South Africa's main opposition wants to dissolve parliament
The ANC holds 246 parliamentary seats, but several members have already indicated publicly that they will vote against Zuma. Across the country, there were huge marches and protests as the elected leaders debated the issue of Zuma's removal.

Six French soldiers injured after being struck by auto in Paris
Operation Sentinelle guards major Parisian sites from terrorist attacks, such as the recent knife scare at the Eiffel Tower . He confirmed the vehicle had targeted to the soldiers but added the motive of the attack remained unclear.

While Musk has previously stated aims to build an electric truck, Tesla has yet to announce any autonomous driving aims for the vehicles, which are seen as the next evolution of greener and safer road freight.

Reuters exclusively reported on Wednesday that Tesla is now developing a self-driving semitruck, which the solar and tech company hopes to test out on Nevada roads.

It's a sure bet then, that Tesla's plans to automate its upcoming electric truck may come to fruition sooner than we thought possible.

Tesla declined to comment on the matter, referring Reuters to the previous statements by Musk, who has discussed the truck in tweets and at the annual shareholder meeting.

"It's going to be a cool product and will defy people's expectations on what an electric truck can do", Tesla CEO Elon Musk told investors in May.

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