San Francisco Start-Up Developing Driverless Trucks

A new start-up, made up of employees from Google, Apple, and Tesla, is focused on getting autonomous trucks on the roads. The company, Otto, is equipping trucks with software, sensors, lasers, and cameras, with the intent that the big rigs will eventually navigate U.S. highways autonomously. Otto has been testing in Nevada because California regulations permitting driverless vehicle testing apply to passenger cars only. The company is seeking volunteers who would be willing to allow Otto to install self-driving kits in their cabs for testing purposes. In the event of technology failure or other emergency, the volunteer drivers would be expected to re-take control of the vehicles.

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