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July 6, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Shows Off Latest Autonomous Truck Design

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.

Tags: Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Lidar, Otto, Waymo

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Fires Self-Driving Head at Center of Legal Battle

Anthony Levandowski speaking about the future of self-driving trucks at last year's ATA Managment Conference & Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

In the latest fallout from the legal battle between Waymo and Uber, Anthony Levandowski, who headed Uber's self-driving technology group, has been fired.

Tags: Lawsuits, Google, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Lidar, Otto, Waymo

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Retires Otto Brand Name

The retirement of the Otto brand name comes on the heels of a tough year for the autonomous truck company. Photo: Otto

Uber has quietly retired the Otto brand name with no word on a future branding for the autonomous truck developer.

Tags: Google, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto, Waymo

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Granted Key Win in Self-Driving Lawsuit

Uber's Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of the autonomous trucking startup Otto, shares video of a truck with no driver. Photo: Evan Lockridge

A federal judge has ruled that Uber is allowed to continue developing its self-driving technology during a legal battle with Waymo over stolen technology – but Anthony Levandowski, who started up an autonomous truck company later bought by Uber, can't be part of it.

Tags: Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Lidar, Lawsuits, Google, Waymo, Otto, Litigation

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Uber’s Autonomous Vehicle Head Stepping Aside During Legal Battle

Anthony Levandowski speaking about the future of self-driving trucks at last year's ATA Managment Conference & Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Anthony Levandowski, head of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group and founder of autonomous truck startup Otto, has stepped aside from that role in the midst of a legal battle with Waymo, according to a Business Insider news report.

Tags: Lawsuits, Google, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Lidar, Otto, Waymo

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Gets Earful on Autonomous Trucks at Atlanta Listening Session

Among the most common concerns at FMCSA's Autonomous Vehicle Listening Session were questions about changes to the Hours of Service rules and how actively engaged drivers should be while a truck is in autonomous driving mode. Photo: Jack Roberts

A listening session on autonomous vehicles drew public comment from law enforcement officers, truck drivers, fleet executives, OEM representatives and new technology developers, such as Uber.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CVSA, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

Waymo Sues Uber, Otto, Alleging Stolen Autonomous Technology

Waymo self-driving car prototype. Photo via Waymo.com

Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo is suing Uber and its Otto autonomous trucking subsidiary for stealing the company’s autonomous vehicle sensor technology. Alphabet is also the parent company of Google.

Tags: Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto, Waymo, Lawsuits, Global

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

Startup Firm Unveils Prototype Autonomous Truck

Prototype autonomous truck in Nevada desert. Photo: Embark

Yet another startup tech firm has rolled into the autonomous truck arena. San Mateo, Calif.-based Embark publicly revealed its prototype self-driving truck on Feb. 24.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

Ohio DOT, Otto Initiate 'Smart Mobility Corridor'

Otto's self-driving tractor pulls an Ohio DOT-owned tanker along U.S. 33 northwest of Columbus. The state will install sensors and fiber-optic cable along the route to support further autonomous and connected-vehicle testing. Photos: Ohio DOT

The State of Ohio is investing $15 million to install advanced highway technology along its the 35‑mile stretch of U.S. 33 northwest of Columbus.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Smart Highway, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto, Ohio DOT

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Otto to Test Autonomous Rig in Ohio

Otto has tested its self-driving rigs in western states, and this week will begin demonstrations amid midwestern terrain in Ohio. Photo: Otto

A demonstration on Monday, using a 35-mile stretch of U.S. 33 northwest of Columbus, was postponed, but may be rescheduled. Next week, the Otto truck will run on the Ohio Turnpike.

Tags: Ohio, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto, Ohio DOT

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

Budweiser Delivers First Shipment Using Autonomous Truck

The driver monitored the 120-mile trip on I-25 from the sleeper. Photo courtesy Otto.

Otto and Budweiser announced Tuesday that they have reached a major milestone on the road to autonomous trucking with the completion of the world’s first shipment using a self-driving truck.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

August 18, 2016 - Industry News

Uber Buys Autonomous Truck Startup Otto

Photo: Otto

Uber is upping its efforts to expand from the ride-sharing market to commercial freight movement by acquiring Otto, the technology startup that’s developing an aftermarket version of autonomous technology for Class 8 trucks.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

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