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Waymo working on competitor to Uber’s self-driving trucks

Waymo, the self-driving division of Google, has confirmed that alongside an expansion to its autonomous car efforts, it is looking to develop self-driving trucks. “We’re taking our eight years of experience in building self-driving hardware and software and conducting a technical exploration into how our technology can integrate into a truck,” a Waymo spokesperson said […]

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Uber swallows self-driving truck startup Otto for $680 million

Ride-hailing giant Uber announced on Thursday that is has acquired Otto for approximately $680 million. All of Otto’s team, which includes ex-leader of Google’s self-driving project, Anthony Levandowski, will move to Uber. They will work on the company’s self-driving project and report directly to CEO Travis Kalanick. See also: Self-driving tech startup Otto wants truckers […]

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Columbus’ smart city win may lead to autonomous trucks

The Department of Transportation declared Columbus, Ohio the winner of the Smart Cities Challenge earlier this year. Now, city leaders plan to spend some of the $50 million reward on an autonomous “truck platoon” capable of driving in urban areas. Columbus Region Logistics Council backed the project, which will test the autonomous trucks at Ohio […]

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Verizon buying spree continues with logistics firm Fleetmatics

Shortly after its massive deal for Yahoo!,  telecommunications giant Verizon has acquired fleet management firm Fleetmatics for $2.4 billion, it announced on Monday. The purchase is aimed at bolstering Verizon’s push into the Internet of Things (IoT) market. It comes just one week after the cellular giant’s $4.8 billion purchase—which could rise to over $6 billion […]

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Georgia Tech gives self-driving some redneck spark

Autonomous cars can currently perform most of the basic driving tasks, like switching lanes or parking, but avoiding an oncoming vehicle or avoiding an animal on the road is still too complex for most systems. That is why Georgia Tech has built two rally trucks, 20 percent the size of normal trucks, to test some […]

Will self-driving trucks really drive the autonomous market?

The next few years could see vehicles of all shapes and sizes, from Google’s current prototype car to Class 8 trucks, move from human drivers to computer algorithms. Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes Benz, has already started testing its semi-truck in Nevada and Germany. Volvo and a Volkswagen subsidiary are also testing autonomous trucks […]