Here comes Otto, the self-driving 18-wheeler
The idea of sharing the road with self-driving cars is unnerving. But they’re nothing compared to self-driving 18-wheelers. The first such truck’s first test drive took place right here in River City … er, Colorado. It traveled down I-25 from Fort Collins, though the heart of the Denver metro, and on south to Colorado Springs. That’s approximately 120 miles on the busiest, most congested stretch of highway in the state.* And just for grins (and lots of product visibility), it was a beer run — 2,000 cases (50,000 cans) of Budweiser.
The technology was developed by a company called Otto, now owned by Uber.
Admittedly some folks might be equally unnerved by sharing the road with a 73-year-old woman driver, but be advised: If you’re afraid I might drive erratically … just wait till I discover the truck in the next lane has no driver!
*Note: Our local news this evening reported it took several months to plan the trip with the cooperation of CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation). They also said the drive was made at night, after 1 am, when traffic is light. Several CDOT cars accompanied the truck. The daylight shots in the videos were just publicity shots.