While some self-driving truck developers are focused on building a future when heavy-duty vehicles will operate autonomously on the highway, another startup has already begun to commercialize an automated driving system that it believes is market-ready today.
With a new CEO who eschews the hype behind self-driving trucks, autonomous-truck startup Pronto says it plans to roll out its first commercial product to customers this year that will “add a safety layer to commercial trucks.”
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Even the best drivers have lapses in attention and it’s my contention that Copilot is technology every driver needs when they’re least aware they need it most, and this has little to do with experience and tenure.
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In this episode, Leslie and Pete talk to Robbie Miller, Chief Safety Officer at Pronto.
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This is one of many reasons why Chris, Pronto’s safety driver, says he prefers using Copilot whenever possible on the road. “I feel safer,” he says.
Pronto AI is taking a more gradual approach to developing autonomous driving features instead of pushing for “fully” automated vehicles.
Pronto invited Fleet Owner to the company’s headquarters in San Francisco for an exclusive look at the Level 2 automated technology that controls braking, throttling and steering.
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TechCrunch sits down with Levandowski for a wide-ranging discussion on autonomous vehicles and his new startup Pronto.ai…
Anthony Levandowski is a pioneer of autonomous vehicle systems. He developed a self-driving motorcycle in 2004, joined Google’s driverless car team early on and left to help start Otto when he decided trucking was a better place for the technology to develop….
“[Copilot] will be the first standalone real product for a real market that the self-driving industry has delivered,” Mr Levandowski said.