Uber’s Self-Driving Truck Makes Its First Delivery: 50,000 Beers

Signal of change / Uber’s Self-Driving Truck Makes Its First Delivery: 50,000 Beers

By Gwyneth Marcelo / 27 Oct 2016

Uber's self-driving truck doesn’t want to put drivers out of work

"Don’t worry. Otto, which Uber bought last summer for roughly $680 million, doesn’t want to put Martin or anyone else out of work.

Its technology works only on the highway, where it doesn’t have to deal with tricky variables like jaywalking pedestrians, four-way stops, or kids on bicycles. It maintains a safe following distance, and changes lanes only when absolutely necessary.

And unlike Tesla’s Autopilot, Otto’s system offers true ‘Level 4’ autonomy. Once the rig hits the interstate, it is entirely capable of the job at hand, letting the human deal with paperwork, thumb her phone, or even catch a few Z’s."



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