Moscow. June 2. INTERFAX.RU an American company Waymo involved in developing technologies for driverless cars, began testing Autonomous trucks, according to BuzzFeed News. This project, which the company previously did not apply, regard as a serious challenge for Uber, which a year ago acquired Otto, specializing in developments in the field of Autonomous transportation.
That Waymo is testing an Autonomous truck, BuzzFeed News has learned photograph. Waymo representative confirmed to the publication that the picture presented so far, the only test model of the Autonomous truck of the company. During the test they ran still by hand and ran through the streets to collect the necessary data.
“Technology of automated driving will help to deliver people and cargo much safer than it is now, and will also help to reduce the thousands of deaths a year that occur as a result of truck crashes. We put in a self-driving trucks our eight years of experience in the development and testing of systems of Autonomous control of vehicles”, – said the representative of Waymo.
While the company only begins testing, while Uber is already using their developments in the case. In October 2016, a standalone Otto truck filled with cans of beer company AB InBev has completed its first commercial freight.
Recently, the rivalry Waymo and Otto went to a new level. In February 2017 Waymo has filed a lawsuit against Uber for what the founder of the Otto – previously worked as a Google engineer Anthony Lewandowski – used development past, creating our company.
Uber may 30 announced the dismissal of Lewandowski. In the American press there were opinions that among all the troubles which lately has faced Uber, the lawsuit Waymo could be the last straw and destroy the company, said the BBC.