Tesla's upcoming electric semi truck will be able to drive itself

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On Wednesday, Reuters published an email between a Tesla official and the Nevada DMV revealing that the electric auto company is applying for licenses to test its trucks' self-driving and platooning capabilities across the border shared by the two states.

Tesla is working on electric, self-driving trucks that can travel in "platoons" or road trains capable of following a lead vehicle, according to leaked correspondence with regulators. After recently unveiling the Tesla Model 3, the company is now developing self-driving semi-truck.

"However, the time-frame during which even platooning can safely be delivered without a driver in the vehicle remains to be seen and we believe, as per other autonomous technologies, that deployment with full "hands-off and eyes-off" will take longer than many anticipate".

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The idea of "platooning" autonomous semis is an old one.

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Meanwhile, there is no official date out as of now for Tesla to conduct trials of the self-driving semi trucks in Nevada. Of course, there are social ramifications too.

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Autonomous trucking has been a popular goal among entrepreneurs as well. And it would like to begin testing them in Nevada and California next month, please. Charges had been made in the suit against Uber, claiming that Waymo technology had been stolen and used in the Otto self-driving semi-truck that Uber had acquired.

Tesla and Uber are not the only companies to look at self driving cars.

The latest report shows that Tesla is ratcheting up efforts in the long-haul trucking industry, which is considered a prime contender for autonomous vehicle technology.

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Gonzalez declined to elaborate further and messages to Tesla seeking comment were not returned.

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