Uber’s self-driving truck company completes a 120-mile beer run

If you’re in Colorado and grab a can of Budweiser, it’s possible that you might be sipping beer delivered by Uber’s autonomous truck company. Otto confirmed that on October 20th, it “completed the world’s first shipment by a self-driving truck,” a delivery that involved transporting 2,000 cases (or 51,744 cans) of Bud from Fort Collins, Colorado to Colorado Springs along Interstate 25. Although impressive, this “world first” is mostly promotional. The Verge reports that a human driver first navigated the truck from a Anheuser-Busch depot to a weigh station in Fort Collins. From there, Otto’s self-driving technology was deployed and the Volvo big rig drove the remaining 100 miles to Colorado Springs without any outside assistance. Once it entered the city, the driver — who monitored the journey from the sleeper berth in the back — resumed control and completed the final manoeuvres.