Uber Self-Driving Trucks
Updated on July 31, 2018: Uber is shutting down its self-driving truck program to focus exclusively on developing self-driving cars.
Uber announced in early March 2018 that its self-driving trucks have been hauling freight on highways in Arizona for a few months. Uber plans to eventually operate the trucks without humans in the cabin, but for now the trucks continue to have a human driver behind the wheel as a backup.
Uber made its first self-driving truck commercial delivery in Oct. 2016, driving 120 miles in Colorado to deliver 2,000 cases of beer. In Arizona, Uber is using what it calls transfer hubs to have a conventional truck and self-driving truck exchange loads.
Transfer hubs allow Uber’s self-driving trucks to operate only on highways, which is where self-driving trucks are basically limited to at the moment. Uber said this system also maintains a role for the humans, who drive the final stretch in Arizona.
Uber has not revealed many details about the autonomous truck program, including how many self-driving trucks it’s operating and how many loads have been hauled by said trucks.