The Otto truck transported 51,744 cans of Bud on the 120-mile trip from Fort Collins, Colorado, to Colorado Springs.
The video commemorating the event is an engagingly shameless piece of co-branding between Budweiser and the self-driving truck startup that was purchased by Uber in August. “We knew we wanted an iconic American brand that was passionate about their products,” says Otto co-founder Anthony Levandowski in a voiceover, as dramatic beer-can-factory footage gives way to swooping drone shots of the truck steering itself down I-25. “Budweiser was a perfect partner.”
The truck driver, Walter Martin, sits serenely in the passenger seat, reading what appears to be a Patagonia catalogue. The future is now!
It’s only the “delivery” part that is a milestone here. Vehicles have been steering autonomously on highways for nearly two decades now.
The major challenge of autonomous driving is what happens when you leave the relative simplicity of the highway for the chaos of urban traffic.
So, take this news with a grain of salt, but do enjoy that country guitar soundtrack. And try not to think of the irony of a technology that could replace so many blue-collar jobs being used to deliver the ultimate blue-collar beer.
Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’
Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance
Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.
Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.
"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.
"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.
"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"
California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report
On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.
"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."
Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.
‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation
Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a
"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."