Self-driving truck hauls Budweiser beer across Colorado

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DENVER — Anheuser-Busch says it has completed the world’s first commercial shipment by self-driving truck, sending a beer-filled tractor-trailer on a journey of more than 120 miles through Colorado.

An image of the cabin of a self-driving truck powered by Otto. (Courtesy Budweiser)

An image of the cabin of a self-driving truck powered by Otto. (Courtesy Budweiser)

The company says it teamed with self-driving truck maker, Otto, and the state of Colorado for the feat. The trailer, loaded with Budweiser beer, began the self-driving trip at a weigh station in Fort Collins, Colorado, and ran along Interstate 25 through Denver before wrapping up in Colorado Springs.

The company says a professional truck driver was on board for the entire route and monitored the trip from the cab’s sleeper berth. It didn’t say when the shipment took place.

Anheuser-Busch says it hopes to see self-driving technology widely deployed.

Otto was recently acquired by Uber.

An image of a self-driving truck powered by Otto. (Courtesy Budweiser)

An image of a self-driving truck powered by Otto. (Courtesy Budweiser)

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