MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—This week, autonomous long-haul trucks will be traveling through Texas and parts of New Mexico, according to Techcrunch.com.
This is part of a self-driving big rig test conducted by Waymo, the California-based autonomous driving technology company that’s owned by Alphabet Inc. Waymo is mapping and testing the trucks in these areas because they are “interesting and promising commercial routes,” the company said on Twitter. Management is exploring how the “Waymo Driver,” it’s branded self-driving system, can be used to “create new transportation solutions.”
Waymo will concentrate on interstates because Texas has a particularly high freight volume, the company said. Texas testing will occur on highways around Dallas, Houston and El Paso. In New Mexico, Waymo will focus on the southern part of the state, particularly Interstate 10, which is a critical stretch of highway in both states. TuSimple, a self-driving trucking startup with operations in Tucson and San Diego also tests on I-10 in New Mexico and Texas.
Waymo has tested its self-driving trucks in other locales, including Arizona, the San Francisco area and Atlanta. The company is best known for its pursuit of a robotaxi service. The test of autonomous long-haul trucks is the latest sign that Alphabet Inc. is expanding beyond its original focus.