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Uber shuts down its controversy-steeped self-driving truck effort to focus on autonomous cars

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The big apple's traffic is getting much much worse thanks to carpooling services like Uber and Lyft. Uber has been using its self-driving trucks to transport goods in Arizona. SAN FRANCISCO -- What a long, strange trip it's been for Uber's self-driving truck division. The ride-hailing company announced Monday that it was, for now, parking its effort to develop commercially viable self-driving trucks in order to focus on bringing autonomous cars to its service. "We recently took the important step of returning to public roads in Pittsburgh," Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber Advanced Technologies Group, said in a statement provided to USA TODAY.


Uber trucks start shuttling goods across Arizona — by themselves

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Uber could soon eliminate the need for a smartphone as the only gateway into its service, with a whole new partnership. Uber has been using its self-driving trucks to transport goods in Arizona. SAN FRANCISCO -- Uber announced Tuesday that it has been sending self-driving trucks on delivery runs across Arizona since November, the first step in what could be a freight transportation revolution that could leave long-haul truckers in the cold. After testing its technology earlier in 2017, Uber began contracting with trucking companies to use its own autonomous Volvo big rigs to take over loads as they traverse the state. Uber did not disclose what items it is transporting for which companies.


Uber kills off self-driving truck division to focus on autonomous cars

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Uber's self-driving trucks unit is closing up shop not long after it seemed the division was just getting underway. Instead, Uber will be refocusing its efforts on developing self-driving cars, according to TechCrunch. The move comes as Uber recently resumed testing its fleet of autonomous vehicles following a fatal crash in Arizona earlier this year. Uber's self-driving trucks unit is closing up shop not long after it seemed the division was just getting underway. Uber Freight, a version of its app that helps truckers book cargo hauls, won't be affected as a result of the announcement.


Waymo Is Putting Self-Driving Trucks on Atlanta Highways. Here's Why That Matters.

Slate

Waymo pioneered self-driving cars; now it's playing catch-up on self-driving trucks. Or is it already in the lead there, too? The self-driving car company, formerly part of Google and now owned by Google's parent company, Alphabet, announced Friday that it will start testing self-driving semitrucks on Atlanta highways next week. The big rigs, made by Peterbilt, will carry cargo bound for Google's data centers, the company said in a blog post. A human driver will be behind the wheel even as the car's software pilots it.


Uber's self-driving big rig trucks start moving freight in Arizona

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Uber's autonomous trucks are finally hitting the road. The ride-hailing startup said on Tuesday that its self-driving big rigs have been ferrying cargo on highways in Arizona over the past few months. For each trip, human drivers work in tandem with the autonomous trucks. Humans pick up cargo from Uber Freight customers and drive it in trailers to transfer hubs. For each trip, human drivers work in tandem with the autonomous trucks.