A self-driving big rig created by an Uber subsidiary hauled a trailer full of Budweiser beer, marking the first commercial shipment without a driver behind the wheel.
Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) and automotive technology company Otto announced on Tuesday that a self-driving truck traveled more than 120 miles on I-25 from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, Colo. The truck went exit-to-exit entirely by itself, although a professional driver monitored the truckâ€™s status and took control for the final delivery.
â€œThe incredible success of this pilot shipment is an example of what is possible when you deploy self-driving technology. It also showcases the importance of collaboration with forward-looking states like Colorado and innovative companies like Anheuser-Busch,â€ Otto co-founder Lior Ron said.
James Sembrot, senior director of logistics strategy at Anheuser-Busch, said the beer maker continues to partner with long-haul carriers but hopes to â€œsee this technology widely deployed across our highways to improve safety for all road users and work towards a low-emissions future.â€
Uber acquired Otto in August. The Silicon Valley startup focuses on developing autonomous heavy-duty trucks.