Waymo is testing self-driving trucks in Atlanta

Yolanda Curtis
March 9, 2018

Waymo is expanding the scope of its self-driving experiments, announcing Friday that its autonomous trucks would soon begin delivering freight for Google's data centers in Atlanta. The company says it's spent the past year testing its trucks in California and Arizona.

Autonomous vehicles offer a multi-billion-dollar opportunity to remake urban transportation systems, and companies ranging from Tesla Inc and Apple Inc to traditional auto makers such as Ford and General Motors are vying to dominate the market.

The new project, which will be developed in partnership with Google's logistics operations, will look into the ways self-driving trucks can integrate with distribution networks and shippers, including factories, ports and terminals. As our self-driving trucks hit the highways in the region, we'll have highly-trained drivers in the cabs to monitor systems and take control if needed. It's eager to put that that legacy to the test in a more challenging environment.

So, as Waymo said, be sure to keep a beady eye out for the self-driving trucks if you're a resident of Atlanta.

In a blog post, Waymo wrote "We've been able to make rapid progress because our driver - Waymo's self-driving technology - is not only experienced, but adaptable". They benefit from the same advanced self-driving software that has enabled our cars to go fully driverless in Arizona. "In short, our near-decade of experience with passenger vehicles has given us a head start in trucking".

Commercial trucking is seen as one of the biggest areas of opportunity for self-driving technology. The company is reimagining many different types of transportation - from ride-hailing to logistics.

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