Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Self Driving Truck Claims to be First Autonomous Freight Delivery

.........and it was beer!
Shipping News Feature
US – Uber owned Otto has announced that its self-driving truck has made its first delivery. And, somewhat ironically, the first load was 51,744 cans of Budweiser beer carried on behalf of Anheuser-Busch. The load was successfully taken along the I-25 from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs autonomously, a distance of 120 miles without any intervention from the driver who monitored the trip from his sleeper compartment.

The Otto truck used a combination of sensors such as lidar, radar and cameras to guide itself safely through its trip and Otto are hailing the delivery ‘a major milestone with the completion of the world’s first shipment by a self-driving truck.’

Though a remarkable achievement, it should be noted that the truck only self-guided on the highway, with the driver handling the more complicated aspects of traffic found in town, but regardless the run, with a machine handling the majority of the driving autonomously, is surely a sign of things to come. ‘Cruise control’ may soon be a completely accurate phrase but let us hope the day when the ‘driver’ sits in the back drinking the cargo will never come.