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Check out the first photos of Waymo’s self-driving big rig

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Waymo‘s self-driving work is shifting gears to bring big rigs into the fold — and now, we know what the autonomous trucks will probably look like when they eventually hit the highways.      

The first look at the Waymo big rig comes via Jalopnik, which published a set of images featuring a truck that looks to be equipped with the company’s self-driving sensors parked in a lot. The images came to the site via an anonymous source, so we can’t say for certain where or when they were taken.   

The pics show off what appears to be a slick blue Peterbilt rig sporting the Waymo logo, along with a sensor package that looks very similar to the setup we’ve seen in the company’s fleet of self-driving Chrysler PacificasRead more…

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