Uber kills the self-driving truck division to focus on autonomous cars

Uber's driverless truck unit is closing soon after it seemed the division was just beginning. Instead, Uber will redirect its efforts in the development of self-directed cars

Uber's driverless truck unit is closing soon after it seemed the division was just beginning.

Instead, Uber will redirect its efforts in the development of autonomous cars, according to TechCrunch.

The move comes as Uber recently resumed testing its autonomous vehicle fleet following a fatal accident in Arizona earlier this year.

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Uber's driverless truck unit is closing soon after it seemed the division was just beginning. Instead, Uber will redirect its efforts in the development of self-directed cars

Uber's driverless truck unit is closing soon after it seemed the division was just beginning. Instead, Uber will redirect its efforts in the development of self-directed cars

Uber Freight, a version of its application that helps truck drivers to book cargo transports, will not be affected as a result of the announcement.

"We have decided to stop the development of our autonomous truck program and move forward exclusively with cars," Eric Meyhofer, director of Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), which oversees the truck division, told TechCrunch.

"We have recently taken the important step of returning to public roads in Pittsburgh, and while we hope to continue that momentum, we believe that having the energy and experience of our entire team focused on this effort is the best way forward."

Uber can still return to the development of autonomous trucks, but not until it has advanced in the development of an autonomous platform.

The company's transportation operations were largely derived from the acquisition of Otto, a technology company focused on transport, at the end of 2016.

Otto was founded by former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski, who was at the center of a trade secret lawsuit filed by Google Alphabet's driverless drive, Waymo, against Uber.

Uber can still return to the development of autonomous trucks, but not until it has advanced in the development of an autonomous platform. The unit is currently focused on building its own LIDAR

Uber can still return to the development of autonomous trucks, but not until it has advanced in the development of an autonomous platform. The unit is currently focused on building its own LIDAR

Uber can still return to the development of autonomous trucks, but not until it has advanced in the development of an autonomous platform. The unit is currently focused on building its own LIDAR

The company's transport operations were mainly due to the acquisition of Otto, a technology company focused on transport, at the end of 2016. Otto was founded by the former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski, who was at the center of a demand for trade secrets presented by Waymo

The company's transport operations were mainly due to the acquisition of Otto, a technology company focused on transport, at the end of 2016. Otto was founded by the former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski, who was at the center of a demand for trade secrets presented by Waymo

The company's transport operations were mainly due to the acquisition of Otto, a technology company focused on transport, at the end of 2016. Otto was founded by the former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski, who was at the center of a demand for trade secrets presented by Waymo

Waymo argued that Levandowski stole trade secrets related to Alphabet's LIDAR technology to build Otto and, ultimately, Uber's self-control program.

Now it seems that Uber is reducing its self-driving operations as a way to reduce the focus on the crucial technology that underpins the program.

The firm said that workers in their autonomous truck unit will be given a similar job that will focus on driverless cars.

The transportation team had been located in San Francisco, while the self-management team is based in Pittsburgh.

"Instead of having two groups working side by side, focused on different vehicle platforms, I want us to collaborate as one team," Meyhofer wrote in an email to employees, which was obtained by TechCrunch.

Prior to the announcement, Uber ATG had experienced a series of games by key executives, including three of Otto's other founders.

Prior to the announcement, Uber ATG had experienced a series of games by key executives, including three of Otto's other founders.

Prior to the announcement, Uber ATG had experienced a series of games by key executives, including three of Otto's other founders.

WHAT IS UBER FREIGHT?

Uber launched an independent application called Uber Freight in May 2017.

Uber Freight is a version of its on-demand travel app that allows truckers to book cargo trips with simple keystrokes on a smartphone.

Available in the USA UU., The application was promoted by the company as an application that combines cargoes with trucks and road transport companies and streamlines payments.

The company says it pays within seven days of each trip.

In the photo is the Uber Freight application. Uber launched the independent application for iOS and Android users in May 2017, making it a faster way for drivers to secure loads

In the photo is the Uber Freight application. Uber launched the independent application for iOS and Android users in May 2017, making it a faster way for drivers to secure loads

In the photo is the Uber Freight application. Uber launched the independent application for iOS and Android users in May 2017, making it a faster way for drivers to secure loads

Uber Freight & # 39; take[s] Conjectures to find and reserve freight, which is often the most stressful part of driver's day. "

Usually, this can take several hours and multiple phone calls, "the company said.

Truckers who log on to the service are investigated, so only licensed drivers can operate vehicles.

Uber acquired the technology company Otto, focused on commercial transport, at the end of 2016, as the company moved forward with its search for autonomous driving technology.

"I know we are very proud of what the Trucks team has achieved, and we continue to see the incredible promise of autonomous driving technology applied to the transportation of goods throughout the country.

"But we believe that first delivering self-direction for passenger applications, and then taking it to load applications later on, is the best way forward, for now, we need a team approach, with a clear objective," he added.

Uber ATG is currently focusing on the development of its own LIDAR remote sensing technology, which is used to drive autonomous vehicles.

LIDAR measures the distance by shooting a laser at a target and analyzing the light that is reflected backwards.

This information is used to map physical characteristics with a very high resolution.

Prior to the announcement, Uber ATG had experienced a series of games by key executives, including three of Otto's other founders.

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