Long-haul commercial trucks are responsible for delivering nearly 70% of goods in America, yet the highways they’re driving on see hundreds of thousands of preventable accidents each year. Uber ATG is committed to creating a new approach to modern transportation—and a large part of that effort is the development of self-driving technology to improve the safety and efficiency of the trucking industry.
Our self-driving truck effort started in 2016 with the addition of the team from Otto. Since then, we’ve combined the best of Otto and ATG to build technology for both cars and trucks. With that upgrade, we’ve retired the Otto name and integrated all of our self-driving efforts into Uber ATG.
The consistent patterns and predictable road conditions of highway driving, combined with the fact that highways make up only 5% of U.S. roads, make it optimal to deploy self-driving technology. In 2016, we reached our first major milestone: a truck using advanced technologies drove 120 highway miles along a specific highway route in Colorado with a trailer full of Budweiser, marking the world's first commercial shipment by self-driving truck.
We are working hard to advance our technology and prepare for longer operations. As the demand for freight grows steadily, our team is driven by a sense of urgency to improve our transportation network.
Are you interested in joining our team? We are hiring!
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