A name that came up often during the Uber v. Waymo trade secrets trial is back in the headlines: Anthony Levandowski. Its "intelligent driving" system for commercial trucks, Copilot, was released Tuesday. It's similar to Tesla's Autopilot, featuring Level 2 autonomous features that require a fully attentive and alert driver, but it's for truckers. Levandowski worked for Google's Waymo before he left to start his self-driving truck company, Otto, which was almost immediately purchased by Uber. He was then fired from Uber after Waymo said he stole proprietary information about self-driving tech like LiDAR, which uses light and lasers to help vehicles "see."
UPS has revealed sleek new electric trucks that look like they've rolled straight out of Pixar's Cars series. The company revealed it's working with vehicle manufacturer Arrival on a pilot fleet of 35 lightweight electric trucks that look far more futuristic than the standard boxy vehicles. UPS says the trucks have a longer range than other delivery vehicles, reaching around 150 miles on a single charge. As with all electric vehicles, they have zero emissions. The trucks, which UPS will test in Paris and London, have what the company describes as a "highly advanced vehicle display," along with additional safety features.
Electric trucks are both here and coming. Companies devoted to the truck-side of EV (electric vehicle) development are proliferating while their designs are more and more advanced, both from an engineering and aesthetic point of view. From compact urban to huge over-the-road semi tractors, EVs will soon show up on jobsites around the world, as delivery vehicles or worker's transportation. The medium and heavy-duty truck market is evolving. In the face of tightening CO2 emission legislation for new trucks and increasing pressure to limit people's exposure to hazardous air pollutants in city centers, a much cleaner source of power is required in the future.
UPS is doubling down on electric delivery trucks by developing its own. The delivery giant announced Tuesday that it's partnering with Los Angeles-based startup Thor Trucks to develop an electric medium-duty delivery truck. The truck is expected to be deployed later this year, UPS said. UPS is doubling down on electric delivery trucks by developing its own. The company said it's partnering with LA-based startup Thor Trucks to develop electric medium-duty delivery trucks The Thor truck will have a driving range of about 100 miles, with lightweight batteries designed and built by Thor.