Tesla pushing ahead with autonomous, electric truck

EV giants ready to test trucks

There may not be a bright future for truck drivers with autonomous trucks being on the agenda of a number of vehicle manufacturers.

As we reported earlier in the week, Swedish start-up – Einride has developed a truck called the ‘T Pod’ that doesn’t even have a cab for a driver to sit in!

Now Tesla, who have been toying with the idea of moving into trucks for some time, are apparently ready to get serious and actually start an on-road testing program.

Related: Uber ditches Otto truck brand name

Reuters reports that Tesla is developing a long-haul, electric semi-truck that can drive itself.

Designed primarily for platooning operations across long-haul routes, the EV maker wants to start a trial in the U.S. state of Nevada.

Reuters has apparently seen an email exchange between Tesla and Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) relating to possible test locations.

The exchange comes as Tesla fights to stay ahead autonomous/electric truck developing rivals such as Uber and Waymo.

Related: Study predicts surge in truck connectivity

In March, Tesla boss, Elon Musk promised the Tesla truck would be unveiled in September this year.

The billionaire also reiterated that commitment at a shareholder meeting in June – we will keep you updated.

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Chris is a writer, co-host of the Behind the Wheel podcast and a self declared car tragic . He is a radio broadcaster by trade and reports traffic for 774 ABC Melbourne, FOX FM and Smooth FM. He also presents a national traffic report on ABC News Radio.

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