Google’s self-driving car engineering manager to found self-driving truck startup
A team of ex-Googlers, including the the person who built the search giant’s first self-driving car, came out of stealth mode this week with a startup that is working on self-driving vehicles for commercial trucking.
Next to the autonomous car developments at large trucking companies, there are many startups active developing crucial pieces of software to make self-driving trucks a reality.
San Francisco-based Otto, co-founded by Anthony Levandowski, Lior Ron, Don Burnette and Claire Delaunay, said in a blog that it is “rethinking commercial trucking.”
“At the heart of our vision is the belief that self-driving tech is the key for creating a more sustainable, productive — and above all, safer — transportation future,” they wrote. “We are at Otto because we’re driven by an urgency and deep obligation to accelerate the future.”
Otto has quietly assembled about 40 employees who previously worked at companies including Apple, Tesla, Cruise Automation and Here Maps since it started in January.