Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) has been one of the major companies that have been successfully developed self-automated cars. Now, the company has been in the works of developing self driving semi-trucks.
The company originally announced intentions of possibly developing self driving trucks over a year ago. Tesla has met with California and Nevada agencies about testing an autonomous semi truck ahead of CEO Elon Musk’s unveiling of the next addition to the electric-car maker’s lineup, according to Bloomberg.
According to an email between Tesla, Reuters, and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, the prototypes of the semis are said to be near completion. Musk did tweet back in April that Tesla semis being unveiled in September, but it does not state whether they are self automated or not.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles will meet with Tesla on Wednesday to discuss plans about the self driving trucks, said Jessica Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for the agency, who told Reuters.
'To insure we are on the same page, our primary goal is the ability to operate our prototype test trucks in a continuous manner across the state line and within the States of Nevada and California in a platooning and/or Autonomous mode without having a person in the vehicle,' Tesla regulatory official Nasser Zamani wrote to Nevada DMV official April Sanborn, according to Daily Mail.
Although tests have been ongoing for the trucks, Alex Smith, Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles spokesperson, said the Tesla doesn’t have an autonomous testing license and hasn’t filed an application.