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Although it is unclear will be allowed or not be on the road, the development of autonomous vehicle never stopped. But if most developed is the type of individual, former Google engineers try a different path, developing self-driving trucks!
With a much larger size should not easy for trucks to make a pitch alone in the streets. Because the large size could endanger other road users in the vicinity.
But what they have in mind a team who previously worked at Google is just the opposite. Chaired by Anthony Levandowski who had developed a self-driving cars on Google, according to a self-driving truck made even more plausible reality than self-driving cars kind of individual.
The reason is because the truck is usually just drove on the freeway. This is different from individual cars that are in a commercial street filled with many obstacles, such as crossing roads, traffic lights and others.
In its development, Levandowski also assisted by Lior Ron, who previously worked on Google Maps. There are also other teams that come from Apple, Here Maps, and Tesla. The truck is selected as the experiment was made trucks Volvo.
In fact, he says self-driving trucks is starting tested on the streets of Nevada. Team truck crammed with a variety of sensors, radar, and a regular camera. Nevada street was chosen because the situation is relatively quiet because it is located in the middle of the desert.
Otto, the startup behind the development of self-driving trucks said they instead want to create a self-driving trucks, but rather a tool that could eventually transform ordinary truck transformed into a self-driving truck. Nevertheless truck that later can be used is limited to the new output only.
In this way Otto claimed invention could be priced more affordable than buying a completely self-driving truck. Otto is not the only one who developed a self-driving truck, an automobile manufacturer Daimler (parent company of Mercedes-Benz) is also conducting a similar mission.
In fact, arguably, Daimler has more advanced development, because in the beginning of this year a self-driving truck homemade already testing self-driving throughout Europe.