FIRST LOAD DELIVERED WITH AUTONOMOUS TRUCK

Posted: October 27, 2016 in Kenworth

If you are in Colorado Springs you might buy a beer that was delivered by a self-driving truck.  Otto and Budweiser announced that they have reached a milestone on the road to autonomous trucking with the completion of the world’s first shipment using a self-driving truck.  Otto, which is owned by Uber, teamed up with Anheuser-Busch to haul a load of beer from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs.  By using cameras, radar, and lidar sensors mounted on the truck to “see” the road, Otto’s system controlled the acceleration, braking, and steering of the truck to carry the beer exit-to-exit without any human intervention.  Walter Martin, a professional truck driver, monitored the journey down I-25 on October 20th from the sleeper berth.  Otto says the project had the full support of the state of Colorado.  “We are always looking for new innovations and technology” explained Anheuser Busch’s James Sembrot in a video posted by Otto.  The driver is still involved in picking up the load, making sure the freight is secured in the trailer.  Once the truck is on the Interstate, he flips a switch and the truck drives itself down the road.  Hardware and software in the truck are tuned for the consistent patterns and easy-to-predict road conditions of highway driving.  Sensors are installed atop the truck, which offers an unobstructed view of the road ahead.  With highways making up only 5% of U.S. roads, Otto says this allows a tight testing focus on a specific set of trucking routes critical for the American economy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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