Uber has not given up to developing self-propelled cars. But on Monday, the company announced that it had put the brakes on autonomous commercial trucks.
" We have decided to stop the development of our self-propelled trucking program and continue exclusively with cars," said Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber's advanced technology group in a statement on Monday.
The change, which was first reported by TechCrunch does not end a final end of Ubers truck research. But the company has been forced to rethink its car after a fatal accident back in March involving a uber autonomous SUV that collided with a 49-year-old woman.
Uber trying to revive their autonomous vehicle research last year, the company's test cars began to return to the streets of Pittsburgh, after a four-month suspension from the company.
Currently, vehicles in Pittsburg are in manual mode, but Ubers Meyhofer called this still a sign of "momentum." As a result, the company has decided to redeploy its proprietary car effort to focus exclusion knowing consumer cars. "We believe that the whole team's energy and expertise focused on this effort is the best way forward," said Meyhofer in his statement.
Ubers self-propelled trucking began in 201
However, Uber's acquisition of Otto was later committed in controversy. Waymo, a spin of Google's self-propelled car research, decided to sue Uber in 2017. It claimed that Levandowski had stolen trade secrets from Google and handed them to his new employer, Uber.
In response, Uber Levandowski responded and later struck a $ 245 million settlement with Waymo to terminate the lawsuit.
In the commercial truck, Uber still has its freight program that matches truck suppliers with suppliers. As a result, Uber believes that it is not necessary to immediately develop self-propelled lorries to remain competitive in the logistics room, said a company spokeswoman.