How Dallas became the proving ground for autonomous trucks

On any given day, Dallas motorists traveling along I-20 or I-45 are likely to be sharing the road with a self-driving truck that has the equivalent of a learner’s permit.

Why it matters: Dallas is the hub of autonomous truck testing and development, thanks to its vital freight corridors, business-friendly policies and generally favorable weather.

“Put all that together, and it’s hard to envision a place that would be better to launch autonomous trucks,” says Ossa Fisher, president of Pittsburgh-based Aurora Innovation.

Texas is more proactive than other states that allow autonomous vehicle testing and deployment, industry officials tell Axios.

What’s happening: Most autonomous truck developers are testing their rigs with real customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, using backup safety drivers until the technology is ready to go solo.