The natives of the Alphabet will develop unmanned technology for truckers

Otto the truck in the garage in San Francisco

The company Otto, created by natives of the Alphabet (parent company Google) is going to create a device to equip the existing models of trucks used for long-distance journeys, the Financial Times reports. The timing of the sales of these devices have not been disclosed.

According to the publication, technology Otto only suitable for travel on the highway, but in the future will allow drivers to travel long distances. In recent weeks the company has already began testing three trucks on California roads.

Otto, writes the FT, is headed by one of the former key project managers of unmanned Alphabet Anthony Lewandowski and former technologist in the Israeli army, and then one of the leaders of Google Maps Lior Ron. They invested in the company’s own funds, together with two other co-founders Don Burnett and Les Clayes Deloni.

Ron explained the choice of research areas that the highway ride is easier than in the city, as there are no pedestrians and fewer intersections. The trucks also have the advantage over cars as sensors can be placed higher up, which gives the best overview cameras and lasers.

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The United States has no Federal regulations for unmanned trucks, but some States have developed their own regulation. For example, a year ago, Nevada was the first to allow trucks Freightliner classic Daimler to drive on the roads of the state with the use of unmanned system Highway Pilot.

In Russia, being developed for the use of unmanned systems for Trucks. They planned to test for three years on the toll section of the highway Moscow-Petersburg. In the spring of this year it became known that in the next two years IT company Cognitive Technologies, MISIS, MIPT and the special economic zone “Innopolis” will develop a virtual testbed for testing driverless cars. Investments into this project will amount to 150 million rubles.