Starting next week, Waymo’s driverless big rigs will be carrying cargo in Atlanta, headed for Google’s data centers
If you’re heading down I-75 in the 404 next week and you see a truck with no driver, don’t worry about it. It’s legit.
Waymo will launch a pilot project (pilotless project?) in Atlanta starting next week in which its driverless semis will carry freight to Google data centers.
“Waymo’s mission has always been to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around. So far, the focus has mostly been on people,” the company said in a press release, referring to its driverless car project in the Phoenix area. “Now we’re turning our attention to things as well.”
The company said it has been testing Waymo self-driving semis on roads in California and Arizona for the last year.
“Our software is learning to drive big rigs in much the same way a human driver would after years of driving passenger cars,” the company said. “The principles are the same, but things like braking, turning, and blind spots are different with a fully-loaded truck and trailer.
“Now we’re headed to Georgia. Atlanta is one of the biggest logistics hubs in the country, making it a natural home for Google’s logistical operations and the perfect environment for our next phase of testing Waymo’s self-driving trucks….
“Trucking is a vital part of the American economy, and we believe self-driving technology has the potential to make this sector safer and even stronger,” Waymo said. “With Waymo in the driver’s seat, we can reimagine many different types of transportation — from ride-hailing to logistics.”