UBER SELF DRIVING TRUCK * USA - First delivery: Budweiser beer
* Colorado - Uber self-driving truck loaded up with Budweiser makes first delivery
--- A tractor trailer full of beer drove itself down Colorado's I-25 last week with nobody behind the wheel... Uber Technologies and Anheuser-Busch InBev NV teamed up on the delivery, which they said is the first time a self-driving truck had been used to make a commercial shipment... With a police cruiser in tow, the 18-wheeler cruised more than 120 miles (193 km) while a truck driver hung out back in the sleeper cab, the companies said... The delivery appears to be mostly a stunt — proof that Otto, the self-driving vehicle group that Uber acquired in July, could successfully put an autonomous truck into the wild... Said Lior Ron, the president and co-founder of Uber's Otto unit, Uber does not plan to build its own trucks and instead wants to partner with car makers, as it's doing with Volvo on self-driving cars. He said the company's discussions with truck makers are in early phases... The software still has a long way to go, too. The autonomous drive in Colorado was limited to the highway, meaning truck drivers shouldn't have to worry about finding a new profession anytime soon...
(Photo by Kyle Bullington: With a police cruiser in tow, the 18-wheeler cruised more than 120 miles -193 km- while a truck driver hung out back in the sleeper cab) -- Denver, COL, USA - Financial Review, by Eric Newcomer and Alex Webb - Oct 26 2016