Uber shuts down self-driving truck unit
UBER is covering its self-driving trucks unit, an ambushed program borne out of the organization's $680M procurement of Otto in August 2016.
Rather, it's refocusing self-driving endeavors on autos just, having as of late taken "the imperative advance of coming back to open streets in Pittsburgh."
Uber Freight, a specialty unit that helps truck drivers associate with delivery organizations, is unaffected by the choice.
"We've chosen to stop improvement on our self-driving truck program and push ahead only with autos," Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber Advanced Technologies Group, said in a messaged proclamation Monday. "We as of late made the essential stride of coming back to open streets in Pittsburgh, and as we hope to proceed with that force, we think having our whole group's vitality and skill concentrated on this exertion is the best way ahead."
Not long ago, Uber laid off its self-ruling auto test pilots in Pittsburgh and San Francisco. A bunch of self-driving autos came back to driving in Pittsburgh a week ago, with security changes made to the autos and the preparation of the "mission masters" who sit in the front seat.
Uber did not state what number of workers will be influenced by the San Francisco-based truck unit's conclusion, however said representatives will be offered similar occupations, and movement or partition bundles at times.