UBER Entering Trucking Business


tay
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It was announced on Thursday that Uber is purchasing Otto (external - login to view), a startup co-founded by the former head of Google Maps and one of Google’s top driverless technology engineers. Rather than building an autonomous truck from scratch like many competitors, Otto plans to allow truckers and carriers to install their system on existing trucks to give them autonomous driving capabilities.

In the press release announcing the purchase, Travis Kalanick, founder and CEO of Uber wrote about how “over one million people die on the world’s roads every year and 90 percent of these accidents are due to human error.” With self-driving technology in both cars and trucks, Kalanick believes that those numbers would go way down.

While not explicitly stated in Kalanick’s press release, the acquisition of Otto gives Uber a very clear path toward branching out into on-demand freight with (eventually) driverless trucks. Bloomberg (external - login to view) reports that the company has told them they plan to start breaking into long haul trucking in the US.

They are already set to experiment with driverless Uber cars in Pittsburgh starting next month.

To begin with, the “driverless” Ubers will have drivers sitting at the wheel and a specially trained ‘co-pilot’ to ensure safety during the testing phase. As Bloomberg states however, the end goal will be very different. “The goal: to replace Uber’s more than 1 million human drivers with robot drivers—as quickly as possible.”

By the time that happens, Uber freight may be just a phone tap away.
 
Angstrom
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Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post

In the press release announcing the purchase, Travis Kalanick, founder and CEO of Uber wrote about how “over one million people die on the world’s roads every year and 90 percent of these accidents are due to human error.” With self-driving technology in both cars and trucks, Kalanick believes that those numbers would go way down.

Less people dieing and more people without jobs.
 
lone wolf
#3
Teamsters gonna resort to their roots?
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by AngstromView Post

Less people dieing and more people without jobs.

Think of the blacksmiths, buggywhip makers and lamplighters.
 
lone wolf
+1 / -1
#5
Think about the investor and taxpaying pricks who'd let them starve just so THEY have more of what they think they're due.

Hmm... Driverless truck ... rich dude in limo.... Maybe it's a good deal for all - 'cuz the government extorts death tax too....
 
taxslave
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#6
I work on underground drills that have automated technology. As long as accuracy isn't important and you have a person setting there to take over everytime the computer screws up it might work. Our scoops are capable of operatorless operation as well although we don't use it because of what we are doing but in a mine it can be programmed to go from the heading to wherever it has to dump on it's own but requires an operator to scoop up the material. This can be done by either getting in the machine or using a remote control. Keeps lots of mechanics busy.

Open pit mines are experimenting with driverless trucks but that is a far more controlled environment than a city street.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

Think of the blacksmiths, buggywhip makers and lamplighters.

Now they are called welders, upholsterers/tackers and sparkies.

As a GPS relient hightech redneck farmer I know these trucks won't be running in Canada anytime soon. There is a mid afternoon GPS blind spot. It wakes you up from texting when 22t takes a 90° left out of the blue that spills your beer.

There is no autonomy...yet.
 
Angstrom
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Now they are called welders, upholsterers/tackers and sparkies.

As a GPS relient hightech redneck farmer I know these trucks won't be running in Canada anytime soon. There is a mid afternoon GPS blind spot. It wakes you up from texting when 22t takes a 90° left out of the blue that spills your beer.

There is no autonomy...yet.

They can run these with onboard sensors devices. The gps isn't needed, petro.
It's run off a Python software.

This could be closer then you think.
 
tay
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Quote: Originally Posted by AngstromView Post

They can run these with onboard sensors devices. The gps isn't needed, petro.
It's run off a Python software.

This could be closer then you think.

Sooner indeed. They are starting a trial for cars in Pittsburgh.....


Uber passengers in Pittsburgh will be able to summon rides in self-driving cars with the touch of a smartphone button in the next several weeks.

The high-tech ride-hailing company said Thursday that an unspecified number of autonomous Ford Fusions with human backup drivers will pick up passengers just like normal Uber vehicles. Riders will be able to opt in if they want a self-driving car, and rides will be free to those willing to do it, spokesman Matt Kallman said.

Uber, however, isn't alone in the race for autonomous vehicles. It's not even a leader.

The company's primary U.S. competitor, Lyft, received a $500 million US investment from GM earlier this year. Those two companies said they plan to put self-driving vehicles into Lyft's fleet on a small scale sometime in the next year. Lyft does not currently operate in Canada.

GM also bought itself some self-driving expertise in March with the acquisition of a company called Cruise Automation.

This week, Ford Motor Co. announced — in Silicon Valley, not Detroit — that it intends to have a self-driving vehicle on the road by 2021. The car will have neither a steering wheel nor pedals and will be rolled out for commercial ride-hailing services, not directly to consumers.

Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. is even further ahead in pursuing driverless cars that offer passengers little control beyond an emergency stop button. Google began testing its fleet of prototype self-driving cars on public roads in 2009.

Though the Google car project just lost its director, Chris Urmson, it has a big head start. Its leaders have suggested they could launch public pilot tests of cars with no steering wheels or pedals in the next year or two.

Uber to use self-driving cars to haul people in next few weeks - Business - CBC News
 
Danbones
#10
trust a computer?
what till someone hacks a truck and ransom wares it
there won't be a processor chip that isn't backdoored
the nsa never catches these creeps even now, because they are the nsa

also the gov will have every detail recorded and taxed...
 

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