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Otto develops self-driving trucks

written by Antony "Tony_the_Brit" C. May 22, 2016
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Self-driving vehicles sound awesome. Many of the big tech names including Google, Uber and Apple have been working on the self-driving car. A group of former Googlers have founded a tech startup called Otto that seems determined to bring the technology to trucks first.

It’s a good idea. I have a good friend that drives a truck, and I worry about him. I know those guys stay behind the wheel a long time, and can sometimes get sleepy. I’ve never heard of him getting drowsy, but I still feel relieved to see his updates on Facebook. A self-driving system in a truck would make the journey safer for both driver and fellow road users, I wonder when this kind of tech will be available for all? I’m sure the cars and trucks will be costly, to begin with, which is why maybe looking at Money Expert quotes will help make it affordable when they do. Then my buddy can spend his time in the back of the cabin, writing songs or catching up on his Netflix and Hulu shows.

I’ve considered driving a truck a few times, but having to do nothing but drive, and perhaps listen to audiobooks, seems like mind-numbing torture-like boredom. If the trucks drove themselves and I could just write, read, and play games while travelling all across America? That would be so cool and I’d do that job in a heartbeat.

If the project interests you, check out the Otto website. They’re hiring. Not just drivers, but also mechanical, electrical and software engineers, and management.


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