Anheuser-Busch Uses First Self-Driving Trailer for Commercial Delivery
It wasn’t so long ago that self-driving cars seemed to be far in the future, but now the possibility of owning a self-driving car is closer than we imagined. Just this week, Anheuser-Busch and Otto successfully completed a beer delivery with a self-driving truck.
The truck traveled 120 miles along I-25 in Colorado from Fort Collins to a facility in Loveland for a Budweiser delivery. The trip was completed without driver interference, although a driver was present in the truck just in case, Beverage Daily reported.
As the largest brewer in the U.S. with more than 1 million shipments a year, the company is always seeking out ways to innovate its transportation system, James Sembrot, senior director of logistics strategy at Anheuser-Busch, told Beverage Daily.
This milestone in self-driving technology could potentially transform the transportation of commercial products among companies by allowing drivers to rest during long drives, decreasing truck-related accidents, and reducing emissions through fuel-efficient driving.