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.