The Silicon Valley automaker met with transportation department officials in Nevada in June about its plans to test a driverless truck crossing between the states, according to a document obtained by Reuters.
The auto company is reportedly moving closer to testing a prototype for a long-haul, electric semi-truck that will be able to drive itself and "platoon", or travel closely together with other autonomous vehicles at high speeds.
The email exchange between Tesla and DMV revealed that prototype trucks will soon be tested. It has only now been stated however, that the vehicle will be self-driving. Tesla has been a leader in developing self-driving technology for its luxury cars, including the lower-priced Model 3, which it is beginning to manufacture. But a report in Reuters adds a new, if somewhat unsurprising, wrinkle to the mix: the Tesla big rig is probably going to have self-driving capabilities.
Reuters also reported that California DMV officials will meet with Tesla this week "to talk about Tesla's efforts with autonomous trucks". In 2016, Uber acquired self-driving truck firm called Otto, while Google's Waymo is working on its own autonomous truck program.
Tesla plans to test the trucks in a "platooning" manner in California and Nevada.
In Nevada, manufacturers, software developers and parties interested in testing their vehicles in the state must submit an application to the DMV along with proof that one or more of the autonomous vehicles have been driven for a combined minimum of at least 10,000 miles, a complete description of autonomous technology, a detailed safety plan, and a plan for hiring and training test drivers.
Tesla has yet to comment on their new innovation.