Experts continue to warn that Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) are NOT safe (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). There have been multiple reports about Teslas crashing and/or catching fire. Tesla owners have reported additional scary driving experiences as well (see 1, 2). Nevertheless, additional AVs – including trucks – are being tested so more of them can eventually be introduced on American roads.
From AP News:
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Waymo plans to open a new testing site in Ohio for its driverless autonomous vehicles that will focus on dense, urban areas, the company said Tuesday.
The new site being built at the Transportation Research Center near Columbus will allow the company to work on motion control testing, heavy-duty truck testing and testing in varying weather conditions, the company said.
Waymo’s main testing facility is near Merced, California. While it has conducted testing in several other states, this will be its first permanent location at a third-party test site.
It plans to open the new center in Ohio sometime in the middle of next year.
Waymo, a unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., is seen by many as the leader in autonomous vehicle technology.