Driverless truck from Uber's Otto makes Colorado beer delivery

Beer run! Self-driving truck goes 120-plus miles on delivery
In this Aug. 18, 2016, file photo, one of Otto's self-driving, big-rig trucks leaves the garage for a test drive during a demonstration at the Otto headquarters in San Francisco. Anheuser-Busch announced on Oct. 25, 2016, that it teamed up with Otto for a 120-plus mile beer delivery that marked the world's first by a self-driving truck. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

A self-driving truck built by Uber's unit Otto made a pioneering delivery of beer in Colorado last week, Otto announced Tuesday.

The 18-wheel semi loaded down with Budweiser made the 120 mile (200 kilometer) trip from Fort Collins through the center of crowded Denver to Colorado Springs using only its panoply of cameras, radar and sensors to read the road.

The truck carried a professional driver, but he simply monitored the progress from the truck's sleeper berth behind the driver's seat.

The trip was a fairly straight two-hour drive south on the I-25 highway, "exit-to-exit", the company said in a statement, suggesting the initial and final stretches off the highway were handled by a driver.

The test came just six weeks after Uber launched its demonstration self-driving car service in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, gaining a jump on the many automakers that are now developing systems for cars and trucks to pilot themselves.

"This shipment is the next step towards our vision for a safe and productive future across our highways," Otto said.

"With an Otto-equipped vehicle, truck drivers will have the opportunity to rest during long stretches of highway while the truck continues to drive and make money for them."

Uber took over Otto in August to combine forces on developing self-driving technology, and Otto co-founder Anthony Levandowski became head of the program for both companies.

Otto said the initial test drive was the beginning of a partnership with Anheuser-Busch, the largest US beer brewer.

It launched a website, freight.uber.com, for truckers themselves to sign on to work with the company in the future.

"When you see a truck driving down the road with nobody in the front seat, you'll know that it's highly unlikely to get into a collision, drive aggressively, or waste a single drop of fuel," Otto said.


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Oct 25, 2016
And now there go MORE of our jobs. Computers and AI's don't buy products folks. We may have to legislate against AI's. Any company that lays off an employee and gives his/her job to an AI should have to pay them through their retirement in severance pay.

Oct 25, 2016
I LOVE that truck. But are they trying to tell me my lights are on but nobody's home?
https://youtu.be/N7Zk1GxAdfM

-This is called convergence. You know trucks, country music, Ghost drivers, farvergnugn, etc.

Oct 25, 2016
i want to drink beer and watch the simpsons on the way to [ or way home from ] work .

Oct 26, 2016
And now there go MORE of our jobs. Computers and AI's don't buy products folks.

Just think this through: If computers do all the jobs then the need for money vanishes, too.

There's no reason why we have to continue living in an age of (artificial) scarcity forever. And 'a job' is certainly not something that is a sine qua non for being a human. There's plenty (if not almost all) people who could lead a happy without one.

Oct 26, 2016
There's no reason why we have to continue living in an age of (artificial) scarcity forever. And 'a job' is certainly not something that is a sine something-or-other
That's very true, and this would mandate the obsolescence of competition-based political and economic systems such as democracy and capitalism, which may be why the US is currently in the process of destroying the office of President.

In the interim however, money still exists and we have the potential to collect revenues directly from the machines which eliminate workers and the taxes they pay. This only requires us to regard these machines as workers themselves. They are capable of documenting the work they do, the resources they consume , and the wear and tear they do to the infrastructure far better than their human counterparts.

AND they can report this work directly and be taxed for it immediately, thereby circumventing several wasteful and abuse-prone steps.

Emancipate the machines.

Oct 26, 2016
There's plenty (if not almost all) people who could lead a happy without one
And of course we already spend perhaps 1/3 of our lives pre- and post-employment whether we like it or not. So the transition to an entirely machine-based economy merely requires changing ratios gradually. Or not.

The popular idea is that we need to work longer to afford retirement while the reality is that repeated economic collapses increase the numbers of people who are chronically unemployment and unemployable. This refining process does improve the human workforce as a whole and amps up the competitive process, but this may only serve to exacerbate the peaks and troughs of economic cycles while fueling the potential for corruption and abuse.

It also increases the human overhead and the great weight of entitlements with no way to adequately fund them.

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