ATLANTA, Ga. – Self-driving trucks are hitting the road in the United States this week, hauling freight in a live test of the technology.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Ride-hailing network Uber reports that it has acquired Otto, a 90-plus person technology startup from former Google execs that has so far focused solely on the concept of retrofit kits that turn typical trucks into self-driving ones.
Anthony Levandowski, Otto’s co-founder, will lead the company’s venture into self-driving technology, reports Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick.
“Anthony is one of the world’s leading autonomous engineers: his first invention, a self-driving motorcycle called Ghostrider, is now in the Smithsonian,” said Kalanick in a statement about the deal. “Just as important, Anthony is a prolific entrepreneur with a real sense of urgency.”
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Last week Google patented an adhesive layer to line the hoods of its self-driving cars, acting as a pedestrian flypaper in the case of a collision.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Just Google it, and you’ll find that the world’s Internet search giant was awarded a patent on Feb. 9 for its self-driving delivery truck technology.