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Uber Is Betting We’ll See Driverless 18-Wheelers Before Taxis

 Otto, a self-driving truck startup acquired by Uber last month, aims to make the transportation of goods safer and more efficient. Highlighting the ultimate challenge of Otto's strategy, Steven Shladover, a research engineer and manager at Berkeley's California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology Program (PATH), says: "The consequences of a software bug causing a 40-ton truck to veer out of control are far worse than the consequences of a similar bug on a two-ton car, which is likely to be terrifying for the general public and their elected representatives, who oversee the safety regulators."

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