Uber Backing off Plans for Autonomous Trucks
Uber has announced that shut down its self-driving truck division, which has had several setbacks and was also mired in a lawsuit with Google-owned competitor Waymo. The company has said it will instead focus its efforts on self-driving automobiles for its ridesharing community.
“We recently took the important step of returning to public roads in Pittsburgh," Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber Advanced Technologies Group, said in a statement provided to USA TODAY. "As we look to continue that momentum, we believe having our entire team’s energy and expertise focused on this effort is the best path forward.”
After an Uber self-driving vehicle struck a pedestrian in Arizona, its operations in the state were halted by the Governor. Uber's self-driving trucks were testing in Arizona, and as such their program was on hold.
The company had previously purchased self-driving truck start-up Otto for around $680 million.