Uber stops developing self-driving trucks

Published: July 31, 2018 11:36:50 | Updated: August 01, 2018 18:28:28

Uber has stopped developing self-driving trucks as the programme is no longer competitive in the freight shipping industry, the ridesharing company announced Monday.

The company said it wants to refocus on the self-driving car programme, which was paused following a crash in which a Uber autonomous car killed a pedestrian in the southwestern state of Arizona in March.

Employees in the San Francisco-based self-driving truck division will be relocated to other internal units, including the Pittsburgh-based self-driving car programme, reports Xinhua.

Despite the shutdown, Uber Freight, a business unit that helps match truck drivers with shipping companies, will not be affected.

Uber ventured into driverless vehicles in early 2015. Controversy was aroused when it purchased Otto, a self-driving truck startup founded by a former Google engineer, in 2016.

Google later accused the engineer of stealing confidential files before he left the company.

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