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11 August 2017, 02:58 | Justin Tyler
"To insure we are on the same page, our primary goal is the ability to operate our prototype test trucks in a continuous manner across the state line and within the States of Nevada and California in a platooning and/or Autonomous mode without having a person in the vehicle", Tesla regulatory official Nasser Zamani wrote to Nevada DMV official April Sanborn.
According to Reuters, Nevada's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has received an approach for testing the Semi and that DMV volunteered that talks were to take place between the government of California and Tesla.
Tesla had already unveiled plans to launch a heavy-duty electric truck, likely sometime this fall. It was reported a few months ago, but now the information appeared, these machines are developed as soon as able to move not just Autonomous, but also in the columns of the leading vehicle.
Developing autonomous or self-driving vehicles have become a common aims of the Silicon Valley companies. Besides producing a video showing an Otto truck driving down a road without any safety personnel in the front seat, the company also executed the drive without the appropriate autonomous testing permit.
Daimler, Volvo, and other European heavy-truck makers have put years of effort into the technology, including numerous demonstrations on limited stretches of highway. Platooning is basically a driving formation where vehicles follow each other very closely.
The new electric truck in question here is believed to be able to travel in "platoons" - which means autonomously following the path of a leading vehicle.
Musk has said that potential customers are eager to get a Tesla electric long-haul truck, but he faces doubt that the company can deliver.
Venkat Viswanathan, a lithium ion battery researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, said that electric long-haul trucking was not yet economically feasible yet, and that the massive batteries required to compete with the 500-mile range of diesel trucks would limit cargo carrying capacity.
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