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Uber Shows Off Latest Autonomous Truck Design

July 06, 2017

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Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group has released a video of its latest autonomous heavy-duty truck design, shown operating on the streets of San Francisco.

The truck features new sensors and upgraded components, including a new spinning 64-channel lidar design, according to a report by TechCrunch. The new lidar (light detection and ranging) sensor design appears to be an off-the-shelf part and not designed in-house. A company spokesperson told TechCrunch that the new lidar was not related to the design that is the subject of a lawsuit between Google-sister company Waymo and Uber.

The 64-channel lidar design is a more advanced design than what was previously shown in demos and should provide better sensor data to the self-driving software.

Notably, Uber’s self-driving trucks no longer feature the Otto branding, which was retired in May and was consolidated under the Uber ATG business unit.  

Otto was a separate autonomous trucking startup that was acquired by Uber for $680 million in August of last year. Since that time, Otto founder Anthony Levandowski has been at the center of the legal battle between Waymo and Uber.

Waymo has accused Uber of stealing the designs to its lidar sensor system when Levandowski, who was a former Google employee, allegedly downloaded crucial information about the system to use on his Otto trucks.

The suit is still ongoing, but as a result, Levandowski was forced to step down from his position with Uber ATG and was later fired.

Comments

  1. 1. Koss Transportation [ July 07, 2017 @ 05:29AM ]

    Done but not enough!! We need interactive load map same is for taxi they have... so they can see where you at and what time checking in&out . So we can see loads not on the list ON THE MAP !

  2. 2. Koss Transportation [ July 07, 2017 @ 05:30AM ]

    Done but not enough!! We need interactive load map same is for taxi they have... so they can see where you at and what time checking in&out . So we can see loads not on the list ON THE MAP !

  3. 3. Koss Transportation [ July 07, 2017 @ 05:31AM ]

    Done but not enough!! We need interactive load map same is for taxi they have... so they can see where you at and what time checking in&out . So we can see loads not on the list ON THE MAP !

  4. 4. Sergey K [ July 10, 2017 @ 05:09AM ]

    Well, all this talking about stealing or non stealing the lidar system will not stop both companies from developing their autonomous trucks. But what a question I have is what happens to Uber Freight? Uber launched it's freight department in a hurry just to show Waymothat they were deep in the trucking too. But after the legal battle has begun, the marketing campaign stopped. Uber's competitors calling themselves uber of trucking, such as doft.com or coyotte have launched their trucker's mobile apps. But Uber is keeping silence.

 

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