Different manufacturers have been working on autonomous trucks, especially Uber, a rival to Waymo. Last year, Uber acquired Otto, a truck-focused start-up founded by former Google engineers, for more than $600m. Howcome, Waymo that tops the list in autonomous cars, doesn’t preserve its legacy here.
Waymo, formerly the Google driverless car project, and now a standalone company under Alphabet Inc., after self driving cars, are now working to develop their own self-driving truck technology.
The company is expecting to make it feasible and safer for the drivers to takeover long distances and handles local pick-up and drop of goods.
Waymo said it has been testing trucks on its private track in California and plans to begin public road tests, with a human driver remaining behind the wheel, later this year in Arizona.
“We’re taking our eight years of experience in building self-driving hardware and software and conducting a technical exploration into how our technology can integrate into a truck,” a Waymo spokesperson said in a statement with the aim of reducing the “thousands of trucking-related deaths each year.”