The enterprise’s autonomous Chysler Pacifica hybrid cars, which are utilised in its Waymo A single ride-hailing service, are a typical sight on public streets in Chandler and other suburbs of Phoenix . But its self-driving Class 8 huge rig trucks haven’t been in Arizona for far more than year.
Waymo integrated its self-driving program into Class 8 trucks and started testing them in Arizona in August 2017. The enterprise stopped testing its trucks on Arizona roads sometime later that year.
These early Arizona tests have been aimed at gathering initial info about driving trucks in the area, according to Waymo. This new round of testing is at a far more sophisticated stage in the plan’s improvement.
Testing will be carried out on freeways about the metro Phoenix location and will expand more than time, according to Waymo. The enterprise wouldn’t share particulars of how numerous autonomous trucks it has in its total fleet, how numerous will be in Arizona or when it will broaden its testing location outdoors of metro Phoenix.
The enterprise stated it will be testing with each empty trucks and with freight. Even so, the freight will be for testing purposes only and not portion of a industrial organization.
The self-driving trucks have two educated security drivers who can takeover if necessary.
Waymo has been testing its self-driving trucks in a handful of places in the U.S., like Arizona, in the San Francisco location and Atlanta. In 2018, the enterprise announced planned to use its self-driving trucks to provide freight bound for Google’s information centers in Atlanta.
Waymo self-driving trucks will be sharing Arizona freeways with at least a single other enterprise — TuSimple, which runs an autonomous route (with security drivers) among Tucson and Phoenix along Interstate 10.
Self-driving trucks portion of Waymo’s broader organization approach that also consists of launching a ride-sharing service and a single day even licensing autonomous technologies to car producers.