Tesla will soon unveil trucks which are autonomously capable of travelling in ‘platoons’.
After a successful spree with its mainstream passenger EVs - Tesla is now exploring the truck segment. Development of a Tesla truck is already underway, however - it isn't just an electric truck. The American automaker has induced automation into its latest development.
The truck is expected to be officially revealed in September 2017, however, before that, the company is taking its prototype testing quite seriously. Industry rumours say that Tesla is already in talks with authorities of the American states of California and Nevada to permit the trials of its new truck on public roads.
The new electric truck in question here is believed to be able to travel in ‘platoons’ - which means autonomously following the path of a leading vehicle. If such automation technology works as desired, it would ultimately cut the need of having drivers in the following trucks.
Tesla already has quite an experience in autonomous vehicle technology - the company’s ‘Autopilot’ technology has already been implemented on its Model S and Model X vehicles. It's not surprising to see autonomy on Tesla’s trucks. Elon Musk, the CEO of the company, back in April 2017 confirmed via a tweet that Tesla’s truck team was working on a ‘seriously next level job’.
An official from a state authority of Nevada has confirmed that Tesla has not yet been granted a license for testing its upcoming truck automation technology.