Subsidiary of Uber 50 completed its first autonomous shipment of 1,000 alcoholic cans on the way to a real revolution in the world of transport
On the morning of October 20, a truck carrying 50 a thousand cans arrived in the city of Colorado Springs, USA. Any other shipment of cans would not have attracted special attention, but this time it was done by an autonomous truck. "For close to two hours. During the trip he was in the back seat of the truck, whose job, among other things, was to supervise the trip in the event of a malfunction. It is important to note that not all routes were autonomous. While driving, the driver controlled the truck in the traditional way. The truck traveled autonomously only on the highway between the cities at an average speed of about 190 mph. A Colorado police patrol tracked the truck for the duration of the autonomous journey.
The autonomous truck was developed by the American company OTTO. One of the founders of the company is Lior Ron, An Israeli engineer graduated from the Technion and formerly a Google employee. OTTO was recently acquired by Uber in a deal that costs about 680 million. In an interview The Verge Ron noted that OTTO is not developing the trucks themselves but rather hardware kits adapted to existing truck models. The truck that carried the beer delivery included two cameras to identify the path, a laser sensor (TO DEAL) For measuring distance and creating 3D simulation, two front radar systems for detecting obstacles and other vehicles as well as receiver GPS Compass. Before carrying out the shipment, the company made a round trip between the starting point and the destination point to map the route.
Ron says autonomous trucks will help reduce accident deaths, most of which occur because of the human factor. An autonomous truck will also reduce insurance costs and even save fuel costs. At this point, US law requires a person's presence in the truck throughout the entire journey, but according to Ron, the driver can fall asleep during the trip if he becomes tired, and his physical stay in the vehicle may no longer be necessary in the future.