The first-ever commercial delivery by a self-driving vehicle was completed Tuesday, hauling 50,000 cans of Budweiser from Fort Collins, CO, to Colorado Springs. The test run was completed by Otto, an Uber-owned company, in partnership with Anheuser-Busch.
While a human truck driver took over on on-ramps and exits, for the rest of the 120-mile trip the truck was completely self-controlled! This included a trip through Denver, where the truck navigated I-25 right alongside regular commuter traffic.
Commercial truck driving is seen as a good market to test self-driving technology on the highway. Otto hopes to provide their technology to long-distance truckers to allow them to rest on long stretches of open road.
Self-driving cars for the average driver are still a long way off, and legislators are still working on how to regulate the possible implications of the technology. But the successful delivery of 2,000 cases of beer represents a big step for companies working on this technology, which will continue to be tested in a variety of weather conditions.