As part of a small partnership with Anheuser-Busch, Otto, the self-driving trucking startup acquired by Uber, delivered 45,000 beers from the company’s facilities in Loveland, Colo., to a weigh station in Fort Collins.
It’s the first-ever delivery completed fully autonomously and is a sign that — following its exit from China, where it was losing billions of dollars — Uber is growing more serious about diversifying its revenue streams.
The partnership between Anheuser-Busch and Otto covers only this one trip, for which the beer manufacturer paid Otto a typical market rate of $470, according to the company.
Uber acquired Otto for close to $700 million in August, mere months after the company officially launched. Together, the newly merged company is creating a service called UberFreight that will match truck drivers and fleet managers with freight that needs to be shipped.
You can watch the robot truck on its beer run here:
You can also watch an interview we conducted at Otto’s headquarters:
We’re getting a tour of Otto’s self-driving trucks. Have questions?
由 Recode 貼上了 2016年8月23日