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This Bud's For Otto

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This is an amazing technological success in the area of self driving vehicles. The delivery of 2000 cases of Budweiser was delivered a distance of 120 miles. Of course a human was on board to ensure that nothing went wrong.
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The incredible success of this pilot shipment is an example of what is possible when you deploy self-driving technology. It also showcases the importance of collaboration with forward-looking states like Colorado and innovative companies like Anheuser-Busch,” said Otto Co-Founder Lior Ron.
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Anheuser-Busch announced Wednesday that it has, together with technology company Otto, completed the first successful beer delivery using a self-driving truck.
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That means when you see OTTO get the heck out of the way on the highway. Self driving technology is scary.
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I do not want to be on the road with this truck. You know the driver is going to be drunk he doesn't have to drive and the truck is full of beer.
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No, the driver didn’t pull a Homer and doze off only to have a secret automatic driving system take over, although, that’s not very far off from how the system actually works. In truth, the drone ghost beer truck did all its own driving on the open highway while the human driver took over while on city streets. How’d it do it? A lot of sensors, radar, cameras, GPS, and computing power. Otto claims it’s self-driving semi tech is very safe. So far… so good.
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The future is slowly catching up with the present. This will be the norm in the near future. It saves the company so much money to have self driving trucks. They also do not need to sleep which adds productivity right away.
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Think it's supposed to help sleepy drivers. That 90 billion dollar Walmart settlement to Tracey Morgan has impacted the industry for sure.
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To prepare for the beer run, Otto sent some of its trucks and team to Colorado to start mapping the roads for the truck a few weeks ago. Eventually, Otto started adding dummy trailers, eventually filling them with dummy beer to understand how the truck would react when it was fully loaded. The company spent weeks studying the traffic patterns and landscape before deciding that 1 a.m. was the best time to run the shipment.
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Think it's supposed to help sleepy drivers. That 90 billion dollar Walmart settlement to Tracey Morgan has impacted the industry for sure.
This is strictly about saving money and maximizing time. The truck can go further and travel more efficiently without humans. They also drop salaries. Win win for them.
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If it gets the beer there faster and colder I am all for it. I think they must have someone on board so hopefully the drivers make get a pay cut but at least they will not lose their job entirely.
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I have not heard of any wrecks or anything going off road. When this takes off I am sure there will be truck drivers lining the roads to flatten the tires on the truck.
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