Waymo and Google Launch a Self-Driving Truck Pilot 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 car project. Waymo’s trucks will be hauling cargo destined for Google’s Atlanta-based data centres as part of the program.

These autonomous big rigs have been testing in both California and Arizona one the course of the past year, Waymo says, and now they’re ready to roll in Georgia, too. They use the same sensor suite that Google uses on its autonomous Pacifica minivan test platform, and make use of the same software that helped Waymo achieve fully driverless trials in Arizona, the company notes.

The work being done with Google’s logistics team means that it can also plug into an existing system for allocating loads, connecting shippers, factories, distribution centres, ports and more to have them ready to slot into the existing freight shipping ecosystem when fully ready.

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