Tesla to manufacture driverless ‘platooning’ semi-trucks

The commitment was also made clear and repeated during the company’s annual shareholder meeting in June.

He also said that even though people are having doubts whether they will be able to pull this off, they are confident they will be able to accomplished building a long-range truck that is electric. He followed up earlier this year that the truck would be officially launched in September, so a real unveiling is imminent now. Besides being autonomous, the trucks, built by Tesla, will be electric. The advantages of platooning is that it’s theoretically safer-if the lead truck slows down, the rest automatically follow.

If the carmaker targets significant logistics through its convoy of trucks, it would potentially differentiate itself from its rivals, and have the upper hand in selling its self-driving electric trucks.

“An email exchange in May and June between Tesla and Nevada DMV representatives included an agenda for a June 16 meeting, along with the Nevada Department of Transportation, to discuss testing of two prototype trucks in Nevada, according to the exchange seen by Reuters“. It has only now been stated however, that the vehicle will be self-driving.

So far, Tesla has not applied for a license to test the self-driving trucks in the state of Nevada, but officials declined to comment further on how far discussions have progressed.

Platooning is when a group of vehicles travels close together at electronically coordinated speeds; the technique increases fuel efficiency by lessening drag. It is also safer to implement. Platooning reduces the number of drivers that a shipping company would have to employ. More than a year ago, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment held an autonomous truck platooning demo that involved automakers such as DAF Trucks, Daimler, IVECO, MAN, Scania, and Volvo.