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Uber stops developing self-driving trucks

Uber ventured into driverless vehicles in early 2015.

  • Published: July 31, 2018 11:07 AM IST
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Global cab-hailing platform Uber has stopped developing self-driving trucks as the programme was no longer competitive in the freight shipping industry, the company announced. Also Read - Google News Showcase gets support for Malayalam and Bengali

Uber said on Monday that it wants to refocus on the self-driving car programme, which was halted following a crash in which a Uber autonomous car killed a pedestrian in Arizona in March, reports Xinhua news agency. Also Read - Over 600 illegal loan lending apps available on different App stores in India: RBI report

Employees in the San Francisco-based self-driving truck division will be relocated to other internal units, including the Pittsburgh-based self-driving car programme. Also Read - Google Pixel 6a key specifications appear online, tipped to get custom Tensor chipset

Despite the shutdown, Uber Freight, a business unit that helps match truck drivers with shipping companies, will not be affected.

Uber ventured into driverless vehicles in early 2015.

Controversy was aroused when it purchased Otto, a self-driving truck startup founded by a former Google engineer, in 2016.

Google later accused the engineer of stealing confidential files before he left the company.

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  • Published Date: July 31, 2018 11:07 AM IST



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