MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Uber may have shelved plans to develop an autonomous long-haul truck, but Kodiak Robotics has emerged with $40 million in financing to pursue the dream. Founded by Otto co-founder Don Burnette and former venture capitalist Paz Eshel, it is dedicated to developing “autonomous technology for long-haul trucking”.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Colorado beer drinkers got a special message on their tallboys last weekend if Budweiser was their brew of choice. The cans displayed a special message about where the beer came from.
Written on the red can, alongside a picture of an Otto delivery truck, was “First delivery by self-driving truck.”
The 55,000-can Budweiser publicity stunt and Oct. 20 delivery originated 120 miles away at an Anheuser-Busch facility in Loveland, CO.
LAS VEGAS, NV — Advances in technology are bringing autonomous vehicles closer to reality, but first they will have to overcome some significant government-related barriers.
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.”