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Tesla's upcoming electric semi truck will be able to drive itself

Tesla is seeking approval to test its self-driving electric trucks in California and Nevada. The news agency says it's seen e-mails between the auto company and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that confirm a prototype is nearing completion. On Wednesday, Reuters published an email between a Tesla official and the Nevada DMV revealing that the electric vehicle company is applying for licenses to test its trucks' self-driving and platooning capabilities across the border shared by the two states.

Tesla is also set to meet with the California DMV to discuss autonomous trucking technology, according to comments made by that organization to Reuters.

The idea that Tesla is working on incorporating self-driving technology into its upcoming semi truck falls in line with how aggressive the company has been at building the same tech into its consumer cars. Musk also stated that in the short term, Tesla's trucks would require a driver. "You know", he said, "when I was driving the test prototype for the first truck, it's really weird because you're driving around and you're just you're so nimble and you're in this giant truck". A lead vehicle with a human driver could be used, with autonomous follow vehicles that cut down on the total need for drivers and increase overall efficiency.



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