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Tesla Seeks to Test Electric Truck Prototypes for Platooning and Self-Driving

11 August 2017, 08:03 | Jodi Jackson

Report: Tesla developing self-driving electric truck

Elon Musk

Citing emails between Tesla and the Nevada DMV, Reuters claimed that the two sides discussed road tests of self-driving capabilities of the Tesla e-trucks.

The idea that Tesla is working on incorporating self-driving technology into its upcoming semi truck falls in line with how aggressive the company has been at building the same tech into its consumer cars.

The email exchange shows that the auto company is putting self-driving technology into an electric truck, which it plans to unveil in September 2017.

During a TED talk at 2017 TED Conference in Vancouver, Musk put out a teaser photo of the heavy-duty truck.

Developing autonomous or self-driving vehicles have become a common aims of the Silicon Valley companies.

On the other hand, the press Secretary of the DMV's Jessica Gonzalez stated that yesterday was the meeting of the official representatives of the authorities of the state of California with the leadership of Tesla, so Elon musk is definitely a choice.

However, neither California officials nor Tesla would confirm the Reuters reports when contacted by Overdrive. However, Tesla has been a leader in self-driving luxury cars and it might bring some of its early expertise to gain a lead in self-driving automobiles against competitors.

Uber has also moved in a similar direction, acquiring the self-driving truck company Otto past year. However, it's still unclear whether the lead vehicle would have a driver or operate autonomously with a person in the front seat to monitor safety.

Tesla's truck program is being led by VP of Trucks and Programs Jerome Guillen who has a long history in the long-haul trucking industry, having previously worked at Diamler and was General Manager of New Product Development at Freightliner Trucks.

Speaking to Reuters, officials from Nevada said that Tesla has yet to apply for an autonomous testing license for its truck. Ars has reached out to Tesla for comment and we'll update if we receive a response.

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