As ridehailing companies on both sides of the Atlantic prepare for a not-so-distant future in which people are ferried around in driverless pods, logistics companies are working with tech businesses and some of the biggest names in the automotive industry to deliver autonomous trucks.
Last week the UK government green-lighted a pilot project to test driverless lorries on British motorways. Up to three trucks will travel in automated convoys, which will be controlled from the lead vehicle by a driver who will optimise the distance between the trucks to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
The technology has already been trialled in other European countries such as Belgium, Germany and Sweden, with the latter aiming to develop an electric truck which can be controlled remotely.
The US is yet a step further. Last year, Uber announced the $680 million acquisition of Otto. The Bay Area startup has developed a kit that can turn any big rig into a self-driving truck and completed its first autonomous delivery in October.
And then there is, of course, Tesla. After ramping up its Model 3 to mass production, Elon Musk's company reportedly now has plans to unveil an electric big rig with a working range of 200 to 300 miles before the end of the year.
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