Alphabet’s Waymo begins testing self-driving trucks


Anything Uber can do, Waymo — Alphabet’s self-driving car company that was spun off from Google — can apparently do too. BuzzFeed News reports that Waymo is testing its own autonomous truck technology, a year after Uber purchased trucking startup Otto and kicked off its own self-driving semi venture.

BuzzFeed says it first spotted Waymo’s self-driving truck in a photo, before confirming the project with the company. A Waymo spokesperson explained the company’s efforts, saying that it was “taking our eight years of experience in building self-driving hardware and software and conducting a technical exploration into how our technology can integrate into a truck.” Safety was the focus of the expansion into the sector, the spokesperson said,…

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