Waymo's self-driving trucks are carrying cargo for ... Google

Waymo announced it was expanding its self-driving heavy duty truck pilot program to Atlanta Ga

Mostly known for its self-driving cars, Waymo has integrated its technology into Peterbilt Class 8 trucks, which will carry cargo to Google data centers. Though the company has been testing this tech for a little while now, it is ready to begin a pilot program in Atlanta to deliver cargo to Google datacenters. Waymo has been testing the trucks in California and Arizona over the past year.

"Our software is learning to drive big rigs in much the same way a human driver would after years of driving passenger cars", the company said in a blog post.

Rival Uber made a similar announcement on Tuesday, saying it is using self-driving semi trucks to augment human-driven rigs in its on-demand trucking service in the U.S. state of Arizona.

Uber claims to have made the first commercial shipment ever by a self-driving truck when it hauled a trailer full of Budweiser beer over about 120 miles (193 kilometers) of highway in Colorado.

For the structured testing, Waymo looks at how self-driving cars perform on real roads to determine how they need to practice - then they build what's required at Castle.

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A Waymo spokeswoman declined to say how many trucks will be tested.

Now that Waymo is free of its long-running legal battle with Uber, it is focusing its attention on more important endeavors; namely spreading its self-driving technology to more platforms.

However, it isn't just minivans that have gotten the Waymo treatment.

This news comes after Uber revealed its own autonomous trucking progress earlier this week, and after startup Embark reported a cross-country trip of its own test platform earlier this year. It has been developing its autonomous vehicle technology for nearly a decade now.

"Trucking is a vital part of the American economy, and we believe self-driving technology has the potential to make this sector safer and even stronger". The company is reimagining many different types of transportation - from ride-hailing to logistics.

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