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11 August 2017, 08:04 | Patty Hardy
Reuters reports that Tesla is now developing self-driving technology for semi-trucks and that once the tech is ready Tesla wants to test it in Nevada.
Tesla is working on electric, self-driving trucks that can travel in "platoons" or road trains capable of following a lead vehicle, according to leaked correspondence with regulators.
There will be more than one of these self-driving trucks, with Reuters reporting on a viewed email between Tesla and Nevada's DMV.
Earlier this year at a TED interview, Musk described driving the company's semi-truck prototype.
"It's going to be a cool product and will defy people's expectations on what an electric truck can do", Tesla CEO Elon Musk told investors in May. The automaker will need to get a self-driving vehicle testing license in the state, but hasn't done so yet according to a Nevada spokesperson.
Tesla has been a leader in developing self-driving technology for its luxury cars, and is about to start manufacturing the lower-priced Model 3 vehicle.
Peloton Technology is working with Volvo on a similar platooning system to Tesla's trucks.
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Uber has also moved in a similar direction, acquiring the self-driving truck company Otto a year ago.
Reuters also reported that California DMV officials will meet with Tesla this week "to talk about Tesla's efforts with autonomous trucks".
Tesla and Uber are not the only companies to look at self driving cars.
The document obtained by Reuters indicated that Tesla is planning to test trucks without anyone in the cab, which would require special government permission.
Gonzalez declined to elaborate further and messages to Tesla seeking comment were not returned.
"However, the time-frame during which even platooning can safely be delivered without a driver in the vehicle remains to be seen and we believe, as per other autonomous technologies, that deployment with full "hands-off and eyes-off" will take longer than many anticipate".
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