Semi trucks gain self-driving powers with OttoA startup is working on retrofitting big rigs with sensors for hands-free travel. But this isn't the first time we've heard about smart semis.
If self driving cars make you nervous just wait until you find yourself next to a self driving semi-trailer truck. A new company called Auto wants to put self driving big rigs on the highways. But these are not specially made vehicles. Otto is able to retrofit an existing truck with sensors and software to give it self-driving powers. Otto is currently testing three trucks on California highways, but it is not revealing much detail on what it would cost to update a truck with these sensors. Otto was created by former Google employees that worked on self-driving cars and Google Maps. This is not the first autonomous big rig we've seen in action. Last year, truck maker Freightliner revealed the first self-driving commercial truck. To receive a special license plate in Nevada for autonomous operation on public highways. That truck called inspiration has cameras built into the front that watched out for road signs, lane markers, and other nearby vehicles. It still requires a human driver to get the truck moving from a start and to handle some maneuvers. That's it for this Tech News update I'm Bridget Carey. And you can stay on top of the biggest stories at cnet.com/updates. [MUSIC]