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PACCAR testing autonomous truck

March 17, 2017 by sehui

PACCAR has produced the prototype of an autonomous truck with support from NVIDIA, a computer hardware and software developer.

NVIDIA’s Drive PX 2 AI technology – which is also used by Tesla — has an SAE Level 4 ranking, which is the second-highest level of automation, exceeded only by full automation.

“This is probably the largest single mass of a product that we’ve helped make,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA founder and Chief Executive Officer, during a keynote presentation at Bosch Connected World.

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Self-driving Otto marks sudsy first commercial delivery

November 1, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

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.

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Uber buys self-driving Otto truck startup, aligns with Volvo

August 19, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

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.”