Waymo Launches Self-Driving Trucks for Google Data Centers

Alphabet’s (NASDAQ: GOOGL) autonomous driving segment, Waymo, announced on Friday it plans to launch self-driving trucks pilot in Atlanta to carry cargo for its Google data centers, the company said in a blog post.

Waymo has been testing its self-driving trucks for the past year in California and Arizona. The company has previously tested autonomous driving and successfully launched the first fleet of fully self-driving cars on public roads in Phoenix, Arizona.

“Our software is learning to drive big rigs in much the same way a human driver would after years of driving passenger cars. The principles are the same, but things like braking, turning, and blind spots are different with a fully-loaded truck and trailer.” said Waymo.

The self-driving trucks will be monitored by highly-trained drivers in cabs to monitor the systems in case they need to take control of them.

Waymo’s announcement comes shortly after Uber Technologies announced that it would deploy its own autonomous trucks to carry cargo in Arizona.

“We’ve been able to make rapid progress because our driver?—?Waymo’s self-driving technology?—?is not only experienced, but adaptable.” said Waymo. “In short, our near-decade of experience with passenger vehicles has given us a head start in trucking.”

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