Tesla is getting close to testing a prototype of a long-haul, electric semi-truck that can drive itself and automatically follow a lead vehicle in a “platoon,” Reuters reports. The electric-car maker discussed possible road tests for the new technology with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles in an email exchange seen by Reuters. A regulatory official with the company told Nevada authorities the goal is to test two trucks “without having a person in the vehicle.” Tesla was also due to meet with authorities in California to discuss similar plans, according to the report. Chief Executive Elon Musk said earlier this year that the company’s new electric truck would be unveiled in September, though he didn’t mention self-driving capabilities at that time.
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