Autonomous Otto Truck Makes First Ever Delivery — Does This Count As Driving Under The Influence?

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Otto, the self-driving truck company was acquired by app-based taxi service Uber in August this year for a reported $680 million (Rs. 45.477 billion).

Autonomous Otto Truck Makes First Ever Delivery

Now, the autonomous trucking company has delivered its first ever consignment without the help of a driver - 50,000 frosty cans of Budweiser beer on October 20, 2016 in Colorado Springs, USA.

Autonomous Otto Truck Makes First Ever Delivery

The truck picked up its consignment from the Anheuser-Busch (the owners of Budweiser) facility in Loveland, Colorado.

From there till the highway, a driver controlled the truck, but on the highway, the driver stepped out of his seat and monitored as the truck drove itself down the highway.

Autonomous Otto Truck Makes First Ever Delivery

The truck drove for around 161 kilometres on the highway at around 88.5km/h before it reached the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado, where the driver took over again for the stretch through the city to the delivery point.

A Colorado highway patrol car followed the truck, which is a Volvo, as it traveled for around 193 kilometres to deliver its frothy, alcoholic consignment.

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Story first published: Thursday, October 27, 2016, 21:26 [IST]
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