Uber’s self-driving truck makes successful Budweiser delivery

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Anheuser-Busch announced it successfully sent a self-driving tractor-trailer from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs last week.

Anheuser-Busch InBev worked with Uber Technologies to pull off the autonomous delivery. The truck was made by Otto, a self-driving vehicle company acquired by Uber earlier this year for roughly $680 million.

The truck was packed with Budweiser before traveling from a weigh station in Fort Collins along Interstate 25 through Denver, roughly 120 miles to Colorado Springs.

A professional truck driver was on board to monitor the trip. Otto said on its website the shipment happened Oct. 20.

“We admire Otto’s vision that will shape the future of self-driving transportation,” said James Sembrot, the senior director of logistics strategy at Anheuser-Busch. “As we continue to partner with long-haul carriers to ship our beers, we hope to see this technology widely deployed across our highways to improve safety for all road users and work towards a low-emissions future.”

3 comments

  • I Am The Antipope

    So with Uber being legalised in PA, are they going to be taxed and licensed the same as other cab companies in PA?

  • burtfan16

    Did they notify the public the time and the route this truck would be taking. Personally, I would have avoided the whole thing. What right does Uber or any other company have to turns into unknowing Guinea pigs? Who pays when this truck malfunctions and plows into traffic? The innocent dead people, that’s who.

    • HALLO?

      They probably didn’t. It’s up to each state’s DMV to allow self driving vehicles on its roadways. Google has been doing it for years in California, so far they have no major incidents other than scratched bumpers due to their fault. They have safety systems in place for malfunctions, such as the driver to takeover. The vehicles still have car insurance, whosoever vehicle is at fault would pay.

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