Otto wins Hot New Startup on the Crunchies
Otto, winner of the recent new startup award on the 10th Annual Crunchies Awards, had a whirlwind 12 months. The corporate got here out of stealth in May 2016, revealing its plan to increase self-driving era for semi-trucks.
In August Uber bought the corporate and all-star workforce to lend a hand make bigger its self sustaining efforts. Then in October an Otto-powered truck made its first supply, hauling 50,000 Budweiser cans from Fort Collins, Colo., to Colorado Springs.
The corporate used to be co-founded by way of former Google engineers. Anthony Levandowski and Don Burnette labored on Google’s self-driving effort. Lior Ron used to be head of product at Google Maps and Clair Delaunay labored as a robotics program lead.
Other engineers at Otto have labored at Tesla, Apple and Google. According to Bloomberg, Uber doesn’t need to dismantle this workforce of 91 staff, so Levandowski will lead Uber’s self-driving venture, and the present Otto workplace in San Francisco will turn out to be an Uber R&D middle.
Otto specializes in self-driving era which may be fitted into vehicles which can be already at the highway now. In different phrases, Otto doesn’t need to increase its personal self-driving cars — the startup selected to concentrate on some kind of self-driving package as a substitute. Otto makes its personal LIDAR sensors.
This suits completely into Uber’s technique as the corporate doesn’t need to turn out to be a automotive producer. Instead, Uber has been taking a look at partnerships with present automotive producers, comparable to Volvo, as a way to flip their automobiles into self-driving automobiles the use of Uber’s proprietary era. So get able for Uber’s self-driving package.
Otto prior to now introduced that it intends for its era to go into the long-haul freight trade in 2017 and if its 2016 is any indication, the corporate has the speed to do a lot more.