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Self-driving big rig completes first shipment of Budweiser beer

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Posted at 1:46 PM, Oct 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-25 13:46:49-04

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco startup company Otto completed the very first commercial shipment by a driverless truck on October 20.

The truck delivered 2,000 cases of Budweiser beer from Anheuser-Busch’s brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado to Colorado Springs.

The truck driver was away from the wheel for the entire 120-mile trip on the interstate. The driver monitored the progress of the delivery and was prepared to assist if there were any problems.

According to Forbes, Otto co-founders Lior Ron and Anthony Levandowski, started the company in January after leaving Google. Levandowski was a member of Google’s self-driving car group and Ron worked with the company’s mapping team.

Otto was bought by Uber in August for a reported $680 million.