Ever since Tesla unveiled the Semi back in November 2017, the world has reckoned that the company has become ahead in the race of manufacturing world's first self-driving vehicle. Only seen in movies such as i-Robot and Logan, in recent years driver-less cars have become closer to reality more than ever before. Tesla has clearly seen ahead of the curve and is testing its initial prototypes for automated trucks in Nevada and California. It only seems to speed up as Tesla sets up production hubs in other countries.

The bigger, the better

One of the most integral parts of roadway logistics is transport trucks.

The total trucking industry amounts to 69.5 percent of the total transportation economy in the United States. Automating this specific set of transportation will prove a cornerstone for the industry to thrive. Tesla's new Semi is all electric, with a range of 500 miles between charges. It can accelerate from zero to sixty miles an hour in 20 seconds while carrying a load of 20,000 lbs. The first prototype was spotted in January 2018. Now another fully functioning has been spotted across the California-Nevada highway originating from Tesla's Gigafactory G1. This might be a big break for Elon Musk to put Tesla on the map for logistics finally.

State-of-the-art guidance systems

The greatest challenge in designing self-driving vehicles is getting them to know their surroundings.

A vehicle's guidance system determines the amount and quality of information the onboard computer has to process. A vehicle can only act accordingly if the right data from the sensors go into processing. Tesla is ahead of the competition because of using a combination of cameras along with radars on all sides of the vehicle.

This system was initially introduced in the famous Model S; whose revamped version is now being utilized in the Semi. The system uses radars for measuring distance and cameras for visual aid and confirmation. It allows the vehicle to distinguish whether there are white lines or chalk on the road. Tesla also claims to equip the Semi with feedback control which prevents incidents like jackknifing.

A greener and more efficient future

With the aim of getting the entire trucking industry autonomous, logistics of major industries will find the method cheaper than rail transport. This, along with the Hyperloop Elon Musk is so keenly interested to set up, it seems that Tesla is looking to transform the way land transportation is perceived.

Fewer people would take up a flight from NYC to DC, which takes hours if they could cover the distance within 30 minutes at a cheaper rate. The Tesla Model 3 has already shown that it is not impossible but requires a change from the public to adapt to the greener lifestyle.

More and more companies are coming into the light with their own set of unique ideas for the use of renewable energy, laying the foundation for a future Earth devoid of pollution, depravity of resources and economic barriers. Perhaps then events like the smog crisis that occurred in Delhi might become a thing of the past.