Numerous companies like Uber, Tesla and Google are working on self-driving cars. But garnering less attention, entrepreneurs are quietly making progress on self-driving trucks. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Numerous companies like Uber, Tesla and Google are working on self-driving cars. But garnering less attention, entrepreneurs are quietly making progress on self-driving trucks.
Everyone in San Francisco these days wants to build a self-driving car. So in a company town that prides itself on going against the grain, this startup wants to build a self-driving truck. On Tuesday, several former Google, Tesla and Apple engineers announced they had quit their prestigious jobs to start Otto, which aims to sell automation kits for the massive semi-trailers that crowd America's highways. The company says it has logged more than 10,000 test miles and recently tested its truck on a Nevada highway. Self-driving startups have become commonplace in the latest tech boom as many engineers have lost interest in simply building apps and robotics technology becomes cheaper.
A former Navy SEAL has become the first person to die at the wheel of a self-driving car - and a witness has claimed he was watching a Harry Potter movie when his Tesla collided with a truck while on autopilot. Joshua Brown, 40, died after his computer-guided Tesla Model S plowed into a tractor trailer on a freeway in Williston, Florida, in May. Despite the claim, Tesla says it is not possible to play films on the vehicle's touchscreen - however it is possible Brown was using another device. The driver of the truck, Frank Baressi, said the Tesla driver was'playing Harry Potter on the TV screen' at the time of the crash. 'It was still playing when he died and snapped a telephone pole a quarter mile down the road,' Baressi, 62, said.
The driver's seat may be empty, but this truck knows where it's going. Embark is a new self-driving truck company that has begun testing its autonomous big rig in Nevada. SAN FRANCISCO -- Just how hot is the self-driving vehicle space? So hot that if you're a sharp 21-year-old with robotics experience and some smart friends, you can land millions to start your own company. Embark, a new self-driving truck startup that launched Friday, is the brainchild of University of Waterloo buddies Alex Rodrigues and Brandon Moak, also 21.