Waymo has deployed a fleet of self-driving trucks, part of a new pilot to carry cargo for Google.

In a Medium corporate blog post, Waymo announced a collaboration alongside Google’s logistic teams in Atlanta to build upon its shipper and carrier operations, shuttling Waymo-branded self-driving trucks between points of interest including terminals, distribution centers, and factories, starting next week.

“Atlanta is one of the biggest logistics hubs in the country, making it a natural home for Google’s logistical operations and the perfect environment for our next phase of testing Waymo’s self-driving trucks,” wrote Waymo in the blog.

“This pilot, in partnership with Google’s logistics team, will let us further develop our technology and integrate it into the operations of shippers and carriers, with their network of factories, distribution centers, ports, and terminals,” it added.

The technology powering Waymo trucks is remarkably similar to its self-driving minivans, using the same custom-built sensors and software.

As opposed to Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans for ride-hailing, its truck pilot program focuses on cargo distribution for Google’s data centers, based in Atlanta since 2003. No details have been shared on what type of cargo it is carrying, nor if the brand plans to expand outside of its corporate operations to work with commercial shippers.

This week, the self-driving trucks arms race has reached an inflection point, with Uber announcing its autonomous Uber Freight truck program moving cargo for commercial shippers across Arizona. A second company, San Francisco-based Embark, recently completed a 2,400-mile trip from Los Angeles, Calif. to Jacksonville, Fl. in one of its test vehicles, with the goal of purchasing 40 trucks by the end of the year.

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