Waymo is already planning to launch a robo-taxi service using a fleet of autonomous driving minivans and SUVs, now the CEO says the company might delay its self-driving technology in the trucking industry.
Speaking at Frankfurt Motor Show on Thursday, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said the company is exploring ways to deploy its self-driving technology in the trucking industry. As reported by Reuters, Waymo is working with industry partners to seize both a commercial opportunity while addressing the shortage of truck drivers that is expected to grow in the next decade.
Krafcik said the company’s self-driving technology for passenger vehicles called “Waymo Driver” is also suited for hauling freight. The technology can also improve safety the efficiency of truck fleets while increasing utilization, as the trucks can operate autonomously 24 hours a day.