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Waymo Begins Self-Driving Truck Tests In Texas

Transport Topics reports, Waymo — Alphabet Inc.’s autonomous vehicle unit and a former arm of Google — has started testing Peterbilt trucks equipped with self-driving technology on I-10, I-20 and I-45 in Texas. The company also announced that it plans to make Dallas the center of its heavy-duty vehicle development efforts. According to the article, Waymo is exploring two deployment models: “The first would be the classic point-to-point or dock-to-dock setup ubiquitous in trucking. But that requires last- and first-mile surface street driving, which makes up one of the biggest hurdles for self-driving trucks. The company also is looking at transfer hubs, where a human driver would ferry a trailer to a highway-adjacent depot. The autonomous tractor would then pick up the trailer, hauling it to another hub near its destination. At that point, a human driver would take the load to the delivery site.”

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