Uber owned startup-Otto to bring self-driving trucks on highways; ex-Google and ex-Tesla employees at work

By: | Updated: September 27, 2016 6:02 PM

Uber which recently joined forces with a startup called Otto, is finding a new approach to making self-driving trucks work. Imagine a world of transportation where trucks could drive themselves.

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Uber which recently joined forces with a startup called Otto, is finding a new approach to making self-driving trucks work. Imagine a world of transportation where trucks could drive themselves. While the truck carries the load, the driver can do other work in the meantime or even sleep if tired and without the need for pulling off the road. With an aim to make trucks and highways safer, the startup otto has added radar camera and lidar to this truck’s roof and fender and turned its hardware and software to make trucking more efficient.

According to reports, these self-driving trucks might be put on the highways much before there are more autonomous cars on the city roads. This is possible as highways have consistent patterns and predictable mapping patterns to drive on. To make sure of road safety, these trucks will have to pull over and stop the vehicle before a human driver can go behind the wheel. These trucks by Otto have been tested and driven themselves for thousands of kilometres, especially on roads which are used most for transportation of important goods.

Last month Uber had acquired Otto and its co-founder, Anthony Levandowski, was made the head of the entire self-driving vehicles division. Levandowski who was formerly with Google was been passionately working on autonomous driving for many years. He is now taking Uber’s autonomous division in many growing directions. Otto which was founded earlier in 2016, was a fast growing startup which comprised of former Google, Apple and Tesla employees.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick had earlier in his blog wrote, “If that sounds like a big deal—well, it is. More and more the world of atoms is interacting with bits. In order to provide digital services in the physical world, we must build sophisticated logistics, artificial intelligence and robotics systems that serve and elevate humanity.”

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