A major milestone in driverless shipping took place in October with huge ramifications for the mail and distribution industries.
An 18-wheeler full of Budweiser beer and without a driver sped along Colorado’s I-25, ushering in a new age of driverless transportation.
“In partnership with Anheuser-Busch, and with full support from the State of Colorado, we hauled 51,744 cans of Budweiser from Fort Collins, through downtown Denver, to Colorado Springs,” states a press release from Otto, the maker of the vehicle. “By using cameras, radar, and lidar sensors mounted on the vehicle to “see” the road, Otto’s system controlled the acceleration, braking, and steering of the truck to carry the beer exit-to-exit without any human intervention.”… (click for complete story)
“In fact, our professional driver was out of the driver’s seat for the entire 120-mile journey down I-25, monitoring the self-driving system from the sleeper berth in the back,” the company stated.