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Thursday, 30 January 2020 21:11

Waymo Autonomous Trucks, Minivans Roll into Texas, New Mexico

Written by Eugene Demaitre, The Robot Report
Autonomous truck and minivan testing is expanding nationwide. Autonomous truck and minivan testing is expanding nationwide. Source: Waymo


Waymo LLC announced on social media that it is expanding testing of its autonomous trucks and minivans to Texas and parts of New Mexico.

The self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet has already been mapping cities across the U.S., including Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, and San Francisco.


Waymo had closed its office in Austin, Texas, last November. However, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company is looking to expand testing and mapping for its autonomous trucks and other vehicles.


“This week, we’ll start driving our Chrysler Pacificas and long-haul trucks in Texas and New Mexico,” the company posted on Twitter.


“These are interesting and promising commercial routes, and we’ll be using our vehicles to explore how the Waymo Driver might be able to create new transportation solutions.”


“We’ve tested our self-driving vehicles in a wide variety of cities and environments,” Alexis Georgeson, a Waymo spokeswoman, told The Robot Report.


“We’ll be driving along many of the interstates, like I-10, I-20, and I-45.”

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