Alphabet’s Waymo working on automated trucks

In the future, human truck drivers are likely to be restricted to local deliveries and pickups.

On Thursday, Alphabet’s autonomous car driving division, Waymo, disclosed that the company is working on developing self-driving trucks.

The company is looking for expand into self-driving trucks after it made significant headway in developing self-driving cars.

It expects self-driving trucks to be able to do long distance hauling in the coming years, with human drivers restricted to mostly local pickup and delivery routes.

“We’re taking our eight years of experience in building self-driving hardware and software and conducting a technical exploration into how our technology can integrate into a truck,” said Waymo’s spokesperson in a statement.

Other companies, including Uber Technologies, a ride services company, are also working on autonomous trucking technology. In 2016, Uber acquired Otto for improving its knowhow on self-driving trucks.


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