Waymo's self-driving trucks are carrying cargo for ... Google

Waymo's self-driving trucks are carrying cargo for ... Google

Waymo's self-driving trucks are carrying cargo for ... Google

More accurately, Alphabet's autonomous mobility division is kicking off a pilot program in Georgia's capital city where its semi trucks will carry loads headed for Google's data centers.

Waymo, a company that develops self-driving vehicles, has announced its self driving trucks will soon be on the road in Atlanta.

"Over the past year, we've been conducting road tests of Waymo's self-driving trucks in California and Arizona", Waymo wrote in a blog post.

The company's statement explained that the software behind its self-driving passenger vehicles was adapted to allow its big rigs to operate without a driver.

To accomplish this, Waymo will be teaming up with Google's logistics team to accelerate the development of their self-driving semi truck technology and "integrate it into the operations of shippers and carriers".

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Waymo claims that it has five million miles of real word experience with its autonomous vehicles and another five billion miles that have been traveled using simulations. The Peterbilt Class 8 trucks it's using will be assisted by a "highly-trained" driver in case something goes wrong. However, truck drivers could eventually become a thing of the past as Waymo says "self-driving technology has the potential to make this sector safer and even stronger" in the future.

The announcement comes two days after rival Uber Technologies said its self-driving trucks will haul cargo on Arizona highways. That would mean a truck that can drive itself all the way from one loading dock to another-no safety driver, transfer hub, or remote operator needed.

Trucking is a vital part of the American economy.

Waymo's self-driving trucks will start rolling out next week.

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