Are self-driving trucks the future of the transportation industry?
In October, history was made on a Colorado interstate. One truck, which might have looked like any other truck making a 120-mile delivery, stood out in one important way: this truck had no driver. That’s right — we’re talking about the first commercial delivery completed by a self-driving car. The precious cargo? Two thousand cases of Budweiser beer.
Otto, as the self-driving semi has been nicknamed, made the initial 100-mile journey all by itself. The car’s “human” stuck to the sleeper berth for the duration of the trip, taking over only when it was necessary for the truck to pass through a weigh station and once it entered city limits. The Budweiser shipment arrived safe and sound, and Colorado Springs consumers were treated to frosty cans bearing an image of Otto and emblazoned with the message, “First Delivery by Self-Driving Truck.”