Starsky Robotics, a startup developing automated trucks with remote driving capabilities, has officially begun testing unmanned trucks on public highways with live traffic. On June 16, Starsky completed its first public unmanned test, driving a heavy-duty commercial truck for 9.4 mi (15 km) along Florida’s Turnpike with no one in it. The truck successfully navigated a rest area, merged onto the highway, changed lanes, and kept a speed of 55 mph (88 km/h) without a human onboard.
Starsky Robotics' system makes trucks automated on the highway and remote controlled by human drivers for the first and last miles. Starsky says it has built a highway automation system combined with teleoperation capability that allows remote drivers to navigate trucks between distribution centers and the highway.