Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Levandowski Launches New Venture Pronto to Offer Level 2 Automation to Class 8 Truckers

Levandowski, while he was still head of Uber's self-driving program Levandowski, when he was still head of Uber's self-driving program. His new venture, a software company called Pronto, is out with its first product, CoPilot. (Eric Risberg/Associated Press)

Autonomous vehicle pioneer Anthony Levandowski has formed a new software company called Pronto. Its first aftermarket product, Copilot, provides camera-based self-driving technology for the Class 8 market.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
December 21, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Doubles Down on Freight Business

Lior Ron Uber Freight app. (Aether Films)

Although Uber Technologies Inc. recently halted its self-driving truck program, the ride-hailing pioneer is doubling down on its Uber Freight load-matching business and announced that Otto co-founder and former Uber executive Lior Ron will rejoin the company to run that unit.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
August 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Don Burnette Becomes Last Otto Co-Founder to Leave Uber Technologies

Don Burnette checks the software on a computer inside the cab of the self-driving, big-rig truck during a demonstration at the Otto headquarters Aug. 18, 2016. (Tony Avelar/AP)

With the recent departure of Don Burnette, all four co-founders of driverless-trucking company Otto have left Uber Technologies Inc., about 18 months after Uber’s purchase of the startup.

April 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Judge Rules Otto Trucking No Longer a Co-Defendant With Uber in Waymo Case


Waymo was dealt a fresh setback in its fight with Uber Technologies Inc. with a series of unfavorable rulings ahead of a high-stakes trial next month over driverless technology.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
November 3, 2017

Uber's Trucking Ambitions in Lower Gear After Otto Deal

Alexandria Sage/Reuters/File Photo

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber Technologies Inc.'s drive to become a major player in the trucking business is off to a bumpy start, with analysts and industry executives questioning what exactly the company can bring to the sprawling $700-billion industry.

June 16, 2017
Business, Autonomous, Technology

Uber Tells Court That Otto's Self-Driving Sensors Aren't Stolen From Google

Levandowski by John Sommers II for TT

Uber Technologies Inc. has an alibi for Alphabet Inc.’s allegations of trade-secrets theft — the ride-hailing company’s driverless car technology is completely different from its rival’s designs.

April 7, 2017

Uber Says Trade Theft Case Is Between Otto Chief and Google


SAN FRANCISCO — Uber wants an explosive patent infringement lawsuit that could be worth millions sent to binding arbitration rather than open court.

March 20, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Waymo Alleges Former Self-Driving Engineer Plotted to Sell Trade Secrets to Uber

Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo alleged a former top self-driving car engineer plotted to sell trade secrets and talent to Uber Technologies Inc., according to an updated lawsuit filed March 10 against the ride-sharing company.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
March 10, 2017
Business, Autonomous, Technology

Otto Accused of Stealing Google's Self-Driving Secrets

Levandowski by John Sommers II for TT

It took Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo seven years to design and build a laser-scanning system to guide its self-driving cars. Uber Technologies Inc. allegedly did it in nine months. Waymo claims in a lawsuit filed Feb. 23 that was possible because an ex-employee, Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of Uber-owned Otto, stole the designs and technology and started a new company.

February 24, 2017
Business, Autonomous

Hiring, Keeping Young Drivers Proves a Constant Battle as Workforce Ages

Corey Gray

Attracting and retaining younger drivers could hold the key to solving the trucking industry’s persistent struggle with turnover, but that’s much easier said than done, fleets are finding.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
February 20, 2017