Waymo to Pilot Autonomous Big Rigs in Atlanta

Waymo to Pilot Autonomous Big Rigs in Atlanta

The pilot is being done in partnership with Google, another Alphabet company and Waymo's former direct owner back when it was the Google self-driving auto project.

Waymo's autonomous trucking program is coming along - though we haven't heard much about it since discovering it was a real thing past year, Waymo today announced that it's launching a pilot program in Atlanta to focus specifically on self-driving trucks and automated logistics. Waymo and Google's logistics team are pairing up to tackle this together, and this pilot program is the culmination of one year of testing in California and Arizona.

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Waymo is expanding its self-driving big-rig tests to Atlanta. With more than 12,000 logistics providers employing over 150,000 in the state, along with the world's busiest airport, Atlanta is one of the top supply chain centers in the country.

"Atlanta is one of the biggest logistics hubs in the country, making it a natural home for Google's logistical operations and the ideal environment for our next phase of testing Waymo's self-driving trucks", the company wrote in a blog post. "The transport of freight and cargo is a critical driver for the American economy". In the pilot, Waymo will integrate its technology into the operations of shippers and carriers with their network of factories, distribution centres, ports and terminals. Beyond that, Waymo's trucks will also be outfitted with the same set of custom-built sensors that we've seen on the company's self-driving minivan. Of course, self-driving trucks aren't yet ready for full autonomy - there will be a driver present in the cab at all times, much as with cars.

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