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Waymo and Google launches a self-driving trucks pilot in Atlanta

Waymo and Google launches a self-driving trucks pilot in Atlanta

Waymo’s mission has always been to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around. Waymo announced that its launching a pilot program in where the self-driving trucks and automated logistics will carry freight bound for Google’s centers.

The pilot is being done in partnership with Google, another Alphabet company and Waymo’s former direct owner back when it was the Google self-driving project. Waymo’s trucks will be hauling cargo destined for Google’s Atlanta-based data centres as part of the program.

These autonomous big rigs have been testing in both California and Arizona one the course of the past year, Waymo says, and now they’re ready to roll in Georgia, too. They use the same sensor suite that Google uses on its autonomous Pacifica minivan test platform, and make use of the same that helped Waymo achieve fully driverless trials in Arizona, notes.

The work being done with Google’s logistics team means that it can also plug into an existing system for allocating loads, connecting shippers, factories, distribution centres, ports and more to have them ready to slot into the existing freight shipping ecosystem when fully ready. The trucks themselves will of course have trained drivers at the wheel as they roll down Georgia highways to monitor and assume control.

This news comes after Uber revealed its own autonomous trucking progress earlier this week, and after startup Embark reported a cross-country trip of its own test platform earlier this year.

Credits: https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/09/waymo-and-google-launch-a-self-driving-truck-pilot-in-atlanta

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