This self-driving truck could become a reality in the very near future. This self-driving truck could become a reality in the very near future. This self-driving truck could become a reality in the very near future. (Photo: Otto Facebook)

Driverless cars, sure, but how about driverless 18-wheelers?

Uber acquires company that makes self-driving trucks.

Sure, Uber may have announced this week that it had partnered with Volvo to add driverless cars to its fleet in Pittsburgh, possibly as soon as this month, but the bigger news from the ride-share service was that it had acquired Israeli firm Otto, a self-driving truck startup – and a very good one at that, considering this very cool video.


The move was pivotal for two reasons: not only is Uber acquiring Otto's technology but it is also getting a fast infusion of self-driving expertise with the edition of the company's co-founder, Anthony Levandowski, one of the founding fathers of autonomous vehicles.

Otto, which has a team of 91, counts among its ranks veterans of Tesla, Apple and Google. Founded in Israel, it's now headquartered in San Francisco.

For its part, Uber has made no secret of its need to build self-driving technology if it wants to remain competitive in a market filled with tough competition in the form of companies like Via, Gett and Lyft.

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