Uber buys autonomous truck start up

Ride-sharing giant Uber has continued to invest in self-driving vehicles with its latest acquisition, Otto.

Otto is a start-up focussed on developing self-driving trucks with technology that can be retro-fitted to existing models, backed by a team of 90.

The team boast prior experience at technology heavyweights Google, Apple and Tesla.

As part of the deal, Otto co-founder Anthony Levandowski will head up Uer’s self-driving push.

According to CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, the acquisition will make Uber the autonomous vehicle leaders.

“Together, we now have one of the strongest autonomous engineering groups in the world., self-driving trucks and cars that are already on the road thanks to Otto and Uber’s Advanced Technologies Centre in Pittsburgh,” he said.

Uber also recently collaborated with Volvo to run self-driving rides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.