Uber’s self-driving truck get a new upgrade

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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.

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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.

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But Uber seems to be leader in the race for self driving even in context of competitors like Waymo and other new emerging players.

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