Now, a leaked email exchange between Tesla and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), seen by Reuters, reveal that the company is developing electric, self-driving semis that move in "platoons" trailing a lead vehicle.
Through an exclusive Reuters report, we received confirmation that Tesla is indeed working on a self-driving semi-truck that will debut in late September.
Reuters also reported that California DMV officials will meet with Tesla this week "to talk about Tesla's efforts with autonomous trucks".
DHL, for example, already uses an entirely hybrid-electric trucking fleet in Manhattan, and plans to be fully electric in the next 30 years, while Google's parent Alphabet and Uber Technologies are pursuing self-driving trucks. He made no reference to any dates for potential road tests. 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.
Reuters reports that Tesla is now developing self-driving technology for semi-trucks and that once the tech is ready Tesla wants to test it in Nevada.
Self-driving trucks haven't been tested on Nevada roads yet. It's not surprising to see autonomy on Tesla's trucks.
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"They think the truck doesn't have enough power or it doesn't have enough range, and then with the Tesla Semi we want to show that no, an electric truck actually can out-torque any diesel semi", Musk said in the talk.
Vehicles that platoon must continually communicate with each other and the infrastructure around them, but the distances between them are far too short to allow a human driver to react in time to emergencies.
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.
According to the report, Tesla declined to comment on the matter, instead referring back to Musk's who has discussed the truck in tweets and at the annual shareholder meeting.
Lithium ion battery researcher Venkat Viswanathan of Carnegie Mellon University said electric long-haul trucking is not economically feasible yet.