Last week Uber released new footage and some images of its self-driving trucks, which reveal an updated look with some powerful new sensors.The addition of a new, spinning 64-channel LIDAR laser sensor on the roof indicates the trucks are operating on a more sophisticated autonomous system than the previous models. The sensors are now embedded in the truck’s exterior, creating a more seamless and aesthetically pleasing look.
And also Uber has removed all the Otto branding from the trucks. According to Uber they had quietly dropped the name after a trademark dispute with a similarly named Canadian company that makes autonomous vehicles for warehouses and industrial facilities.
Otto has so far posed a huge number of issues to the parent company Uber after ride-hailing company since Waymo accused one of Uber’s executives of stealing its self-driving vehicle designs before leaving Google to start the self-driving truck startup. Uber subsequently acquired Otto for $680 million, which Waymo claims was premised on the executive, Anthony Levandowski, stealing Google’s documents.
But Uber seems to be leader in the race for self driving even in context of competitors like Waymo and other new emerging players.