Uber Truck Delivers Without Driver
A self-driving tractor-trailer engineered by Uber-owned Otto took 2,000 cases of Budweiser beer about 120 miles from an Anheuser-Busch warehouse in Fort Collins, Colo., to Colorado Springs on Oct. 25. The truck, bearing the logos of Budweiser and Otto and the words “Proudly Brewed. Self-Driven,” had a professional driver on board, but he only monitored the vehicle’s progress from the berth behind the cab’s seats and did not intervene at any point, an Otto spokesperson said.
The truck was accompanied by four Colorado state patrol cars and three manned Otto vehicles. At this point, self-driving Otto vehicles are confined to highways, with human drivers taking over in city traffic.
The test was the result of a partnership between Otto, which Uber bought last year, and Anheuser-Busch. Otto represents the future for Uber, which has backed away from an effort to enter the ridesharing market in China.