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Otto

Otto turns semi trucks into self-driving trucks by retrofitting them with radars, cameras and laser sensors. Otto was acquired by Uber in August 2016 for nearly $700 million.


Otto partnered with Budweiser for the first self-driving truck delivery, carrying 51,744 cans of Budweiser 120 miles through Colorado.

Otto has been developing a self-driving kit that can be retrofitted into trucks that are already on the road. Uber said that parts of Otto’s technology will be incorporated into its self-driving taxis and will be used to start an Uber-like service for long-haul trucking in the U.S.

Otto is led by former Google employees Anthony Levandowski, Lior Ron, Don Burnette, and Claire Delaunay. Uber acquired Otto in August 2016 for nearly $700 million. Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick called the partnership between Otto and Uber a “dream team.”


Otto News, Products & Resources
Otto Self-Driving Truck to Test on Ohio’s Public Roads
Otto's self-driving truck will be tested on two public roads in Ohio, including a 35-mile section of Route 33, a four-lane, divided highway, during regular traffic flow.

Self-Driving Trucks 5-10 Years Away: Colorado Transportation Chief
Shailen Bhatt, executive director of Colorado’s Department of Transportation, says it'll be a few years before self-driving trucks are transporting goods on a regular basis.

Otto Self-Driving Truck Makes First Delivery: 51,744 Beers
An Otto self-driving truck made its first delivery, driving 51,744 cans of Budweiser 120 miles through Colorado, marking the first time commercial cargo was delivered by a self-driving truck.

Uber Self-Driving Cars Going Full Throttle with Otto, Volvo Deals
Uber announced a $300 million deal with Volvo, the launch of a self-driving car service in Pittsburgh, and the acquisition self-driving truck startup Otto.

Self-Driving Trucks: 7 Things You Need to Know
Otto, a startup founded by former Google Maps and Google Car engineers, aims to put self-driving trucks on the road. Here are seven ways self-driving trucks will change transportation.


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