• Killing socialist unions, "Waymo's self-driving trucks will start deliv

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    Waymo is expanding the scope of its self-driving experiments,
    announcing Friday that its autonomous trucks would soon begin
    delivering freight for Google’s data centers in Atlanta. The
    trucks won’t be completely driverless, but will be operating on
    public roads during the pilot, the company said.

    Waymo is teaming up with sister company Google’s logistics team
    to “develop our technology and integrate it into the operations
    of shippers and carriers, with their network of factories,
    distribution centers, ports and terminals.” As one of the
    biggest logistics hubs in the country, Atlanta is “the perfect
    environment” for this type of test, the company said.

    Waymo first began testing its autonomous technology on Class-8
    tractor trailers last year in California and Arizona. In
    January, the company brought some of its self-driving minivans
    to Atlanta for mapping and public testing. Google’s data centers
    have been located in the Atlanta region since 2003, so the idea
    to move into a new phase of testing involving the company’s
    trucks seemed like an organic next step.

    Waymo’s trucks use the same suite of custom-built sensors that
    power the company’s self-driving minivans. They also use the
    same self-driving software that has enabled Waymo’s passenger
    cars to go fully driverless in Arizona. Waymo plans to launch a
    fully driverless ride-hail pilot in Phoenix sometime in 2018.

    Waymo’s announcement follows on the heels of a similar effort by
    the company’s arch-rival Uber. Earlier this week, the ride-hail
    giant announced that its fleet of self-driving trucks was making
    deliveries in Arizona. Uber said it is using a transfer hub
    model, in which the trucks drive autonomously on the highway and
    human drivers take over for the last miles.

    Unlike Uber, though, Waymo is limiting its deliveries to within
    its own corporate circle. The self-driving company has yet to
    express an interest in brokering deliveries between shippers and
    receivers like Uber has with its Uber Freight venture. In
    February, Waymo and Uber settled a contentious lawsuit over
    allegations that Uber had stolen Waymo’s self-driving secrets.
    The lawsuit centered around Uber’s acquisition of the self-
    driving truck startup Otto.

    Waymo also isn’t the only company using self-driving trucks to
    haul cargo. A company called Embark has been shipping
    refrigerators between Southern California and Texas since late
    2017. The startup just completed a coast-to-coast trip from LA
    to Jacksonville, Florida, driving 2,400 miles autonomously.
    Seattle-based truck technology company Convoy has raised $62
    million for its app that matches trucking companies with
    shippers that need to move freight.

    https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/9/17100518/waymo-self-driving- truck-google-atlanta

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