Another Self-Driving Truck Company Now Testing its Fleet of 13 Peterbilts in Texas
Dallas, TX – Another self-driving truck and technology company is now testing a fleet of semi-trucks in Texas.
Waymo, the self-driving technology company that’s part of Alphabet (Google’s parent company) announced it has begun testing its fleet of 13 Peterbilt semi-trucks along I-10, I-20 and I-45 through metropolitan areas like El Paso, Dallas, and Houston.
In March, the company began mapping routes in Texas and New Mexico with its Chrysler Pacifica minivans equipped with high-definition cameras and sensors for the purpose of deploying its heavy duty trucks for testing.
“In addition to further advancing our trucking capabilities, we’re excited to explore how our tech might be able to create new transportation solutions in Texas, which has a high freight volume and is a favorable environment for deploying AVs,” the company said.
Last month, Waymo said it raised $3.2 billion in its first round of external fundraising from investors such as its parent Alphabet, Fidelity Management, AutoNation, and T. Rowe Price.
The company has also been in a partnership with the United Parcel Service (UPS) since February of this year.
Waymo’s autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans are shuttling packages from UPS Stores in the Metro Phoenix area to the UPS Tempe, AZ hub, as part of a pilot program.
The vehicle operates autonomously with a Waymo-trained driver on board to monitor operations.
Texas Becoming a Hot Bed of Autonomous Truck Testing
Texas has become a hot bed for autonomous truck testing in recent months.
Driverless truck companies such as Aurora, Kodiak and TuSimple are each currently testing and have hubs in the Lonestar State.
In an announcement last month, Aurora called Texas a “natural place” to test.
“With more public road miles than any other state, Texas understands that self-driving technology will have a critical safety impact for those who drive on its roads. Because of its open regulatory environment and pro-business policies, it is an ideal place to work with our government partners and bring innovative technologies that will decrease road fatalities and make our roads safer,” the company explained in a blog post.
Like Waymo, Aurora is also drawing massive investment from America’s biggest corporations including Amazon.
In fact, Amazon led a funding round with an undisclosed investment in February of 2019.
So far, Aurora has raked in more than $690 million in funding.
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