Waymo, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, announced via Twitter this morning that it will begin testing both its Pacifica’s and its long haul trucks on road in Texas and New Mexico.
“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,” Waymo said in a tweet.
Waymo, which began operations as an autonomous research project by Google before becoming a stand-alone subsidiary in December. 2019 has been a pioneer in the autonomous space after recently celebrating is one year anniversary of becoming the first autonomous public ride-hailing service in December 2018.
The company announced last month at CES that its driver-less vehicles had achieved 20 million miles which doubled the total miles driven to date in 2018. As far as the commercial vehicle testing “We’re building a Driver that can be used in a number of different applications,” said Matt Carroll of the self-driving truck testing program already underway in Phoenix.