Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Uber will stop developing self-driving trucks

Uber has said it will stop developing self-driving trucks to focus its autonomous technology solely on cars.

Uber's self-driving truck programme started in 2016 with a team based in San Francisco.

The ride-hailing firm marked the world's first commercial shipment delivered by a self-driving truck later that year.

The truck drove 120 miles (193 km) along a highway in Colorado with a trailer full of Budweiser beer.

The idea behind self-driving trucks was initially to improve the safety and efficiency of the trucking industry, according to Uber's Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) website.
"We believe having our entire team's energy and expertise focused on [self-driving cars] is the best path forward," ATG head Eric Meyhofer said in a statement.

BBC       News.

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