Uber self-driving trucks are now hauling freight

Uber is offering a glimpse of the future in Arizona (self-driviong). The tech company announced Tuesday that it has begun using its self-driving trucks to haul freight on Arizona’s highways. The trucks continue to have a human driver behind the wheel as a backup to take control of the vehicle as needed. Eventually, Uber plans for these trucks to operate without a human present. This isn’t the first time Uber has operated a self-driving truck on public roads. In October 2016, it used an autonomous truck to complete a Budweiser delivery in Colorado. But Uber’s latest step brings it much closer to tapping into the potential of autonomous technologies. In Arizona, the company is limiting the self-driving trucks to operating on highways, an easier challenge than driving on local roads. And its trucks don’t need supervision from government officials, as was the case in Colorado. Arizona regulators welcomed autonomous technology to the state in 2015.

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