According to Reuters, based on a email obtained by them between Tesla and DMV, the automaker met with transportation department officials in Nevada to discuss about its plans to test a self-driving truck crossing between the states.
Reuters reported on two emails between Tesla and the Nevada DMV that spoke about this potential vehicle.
The correspondence and meetings with state officials show that Tesla moving forward in a highly competitive area of commercial transport also being pursued by Uber and Alphabet's former Google vehicle company, now called Waymo.
Developing autonomous or self-driving vehicles have become a common aims of the Silicon Valley companies.
The correspondence and meeting show that Tesla is putting self-driving technology into the electric truck it has said it plans to unveil in September, and is advancing toward real-life tests, potentially moving it forward in a highly competitive area of commercial transport also being pursued by Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Alphabet Inc's Waymo. Daimler, Volvo, and other semi-truck makers have invested in the technology and carried out demonstrations on highways. According to reports, the electric semi-truck can drive itself in "platoons", following a lead vehicle.
Platooning is viewed as a precursor to fully autonomous long-haul trucks, which are still widely assumed to be 10 years or more in the future.
Some companies also are working on technology for "platooning", a driving formation where trucks follow one another closely. However, it's still unclear whether the lead vehicle would have a driver or operate autonomously with a person in the front seat to monitor safety.
Tesla declined to comment.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk put out a few teasers in the spring, but had not mentioned the truck was going to be autonomous.
Vehicles that platoon must continually communicate with each other and the infrastructure around them, but the distances between them are far too short to allow a human driver to react in time to emergencies.