¡¡¡ UBER buy OTTO TRUCK Co. !!! - USA - ** Uber put 100 autonomous Volvo SUVs on road in Pittsburgh
* California - Trucking enters the age of automation
(Video by Otto - 16 may. 2016: Meet Otto, the company behind new self-driving trucking technology. Join us for the journey)
--- Ridesharing company Uber said it has acquired Otto, a startup firm that is developing a self-driving aftermarket kit for heavy-duty trucks... The transaction adds Uber to the list of technology companies, suppliers and truck manufacturers pushing to create automated driving technology for commercial vehicles... San Francisco-based Otto, founded in January by former Google engineers, has said its technology will enable longhaul trucks already operating on the road today to drive themselves... The system incorporates onboard cameras, radar and lidar sensors that monitor the truck’s surroundings while an onboard computer and software make driving decisions based on that information... Uber, meanwhile, has been developing and testing self-driving technology for passenger cars at its Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh... Separately, Uber also announced a $300 million joint venture with Volvo Cars to develop base vehicles that will be able to incorporate the latest developments in autonomous driving technologies... The Swedish car maker will manufacture the base vehicles, which Uber will then purchase from Volvo...
San Francisco, CAL, USA - Transport Topics - 18 Aug 2016
** California - Uber Technologies this month will let customers in Pittsburgh summon rides from autonomous taxis
--- Uber Technologies Inc. will begin using self-driving taxis to ferry customers around Pittsburgh as soon as this month, a first for the industry in a race among automobile and technology companies to make driverless cars commercially available... Uber’s service, using specially-equipped Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicles and Ford Focus, would appear to be the first time that commuters could hail a ride in a driverless car. But while the effort signals a breakthrough in commercialization of the technology, it won’t be a brave new world of robot cars: Two Uber employees will be sitting in the front seat of each vehicle... One Uber employee will be in the driver’s seat with hands on the steering wheel as an emergency backup, another observing from the passenger seat, the company said. Uber will only make a few cars available to start—with the eventual goal of having 100 in Pittsburgh and possibly elsewhere in the coming months—and they will only go limited distances within the city... The test, which could begin in as soon as two weeks, is limited...
(Photo: Self-driving cars go public; Uber offers rides in Pittsburgh) -- San Francisco, CAL, USA - The WSJ, by GREG BENSINGER and JACK NICAS - Aug. 18, 2016