Driverless 18-wheelers are here and it’s only a matter of time before they take over.
If the Teamster bosses inside the union’s ‘marble palace’ in Washington had thought the 1980s deregulation had cost them their stranglehold on the nation’s trucking industry, this has got to be keeping them up at night.
As beer runs go, this one stands out.
Anheuser-Busch hauled a trailer loaded with beer 120 miles in an autonomous-drive truck, completing what’s believed to be the first commercial shipment by a self-driving vehicle.
The trip happened last week in Colorado as Anheuser-Busch, collaborated with Otto, a subsidiary of Uber that is developing self-driving truck technology. The semi drove autonomously on the highway between Fort Collins, Colorado and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“As we partner with long-haul carriers to ship our beers, we hope to see this technology widely deployed across our highways to improve safety for all road users,” said James Sembrot, Sr. Director, Logistics Strategy at Anheuser-Busch.