Uber Takes Over Otto, Partners with Volvo for Autonomous Driving

PARIS—On the company's webpage, Uber's CEO and Co-Founder Travis Kalanick officially announced the acquisition of Otto, a fresh startup driven by high profile engineers who developed a kit that allows big-rig trucks to drive autonomously on highways.

Otto’s co-founder Anthony Levandowski will lead Uber and Otto's combined self-driving efforts across personal transportation, delivery and trucking. The dream team, as the CEO describes it, gathers “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 Center in Pittsburgh; the practical experience that comes from running ridesharing and delivery services in hundreds of cities; with the data and intelligence that comes from doing 1.2 billion miles on the road every month”.

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