Uber shuts down self-driving trucks division to focus on autonomous cars

Marco Green
July 31, 2018

Uber said it will work to find jobs in other parts of the company for employees working on self-driving trucks, and will offer severance packages to those it can't.

Despite the work already put into the plan, Uber has made a decision to change its business focus, shuttering the autonomous truck project in the process.

A partially self driving Uber semi truck at the Mcity autonomous vehicle testing facility in Ann Arbor Michigan, US, September 12, 2017.

The truck drove 120 miles (193 km) along a highway in Colorado with a trailer full of Budweiser beer. "We believe having our entire team's energy and expertise focused on this effort is the best path forward", Meyhofer said in his statement.

The company did not immediately respond to further questioning from the BBC.

Uber is mostly known for its ride-hailing service, which matches passengers with drivers through a smartphone app.

Controversy was aroused when it purchased Otto, a self-driving truck startup founded by a former Google engineer, in 2016.

The ride-hailing company suspended its self-driving auto tests in March after one of the vehicles struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona.

A 49-year-old woman was hit by a auto and killed as she crossed the street in Tempe, Arizona.

San Francisco-based Uber had suspended its self-driving vehicle program after a crash that killed a woman pushing a bicycle in a street in Arizona in March of this year.

A handful of Uber's self-driving vehicles have just been put back on the roads in Pittsburgh following the March suspension.

As a result, the company has chose to reallocate its self-driving auto efforts to focus exclusively on consumer vehicles.

However, there have been warnings that the technology is being deployed before it is ready.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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