The autonomous car company, which famously
A photo recently obtained by
When reached for comment by Mashable via email, a Waymo rep shared the same statement given to BuzzFeed:
Waymo is currently testing just one truck, reportedly a Class 8 Peterbilt, outfitted with the company’s
A company spokesperson confirmed to Mashable that the company is currently conducting tests on a private track at its facility in California, and that the truck has also made it out to public streets — with a human operator behind the wheel controlling it manually at all times — to collect the road data essential for the autonomous platform’s development.
The Waymo rep also confirmed to us that the road testing efforts will be expanded to Arizona later this year.
Trucking and autonomy
The move to bigger vehicles isn’t a shocker for Waymo — the company has made it clear that it’s focused on more than just consumer transportation and has its sights on the future of mobility on the whole, through statements made by CEO John Krafcik and aggressive moves outside the direct consumer market, like its
Self-driving trucks could transform an entire industry. Autonomous vehicles could increase productivity and efficiency along freight routes, making the job easier for drivers — and they could fill the gap to combat the projected
But it’s far from the first player to enter the self-driving truck space. There are projects currently in the works from established companies like PACCAR, the manufacturer behind the Peterbilt brand, which is
Waymo’s parent company, Alphabet, is in the midst of a
Meanwhile, the only other company that comes close to matching Google’s pedigree, Apple, has reportedly ramped up its own autonomous driving efforts of late, with its own self-driving test car recently