Uber is embroiled in a nasty battle with Google’s self-riving subsidary Waymo over the former’s acquisition of Otto. And things don’t appear to be going in Uber’s favor at this point of time. Meanwhile, the company appears to have dropped the “Otto” name from its driverless truck unit — a few weeks before removing Founder Anthony Levandowski from its LiDAR unit.
The reasons for this name change are unclear. Along with internal troubles with Otto and Anthony Levandowski, the cab aggregator was recently slapped with a lawsuit by a Canadian firm called Otto Motors, a unit of Clearpath Robotics. The company operates in a somewhat similar domain and makes autonomous vehicles for warehouses and industrial facilities.
We are continuing to operate under the OTTO brand, whereas Uber has recently announced on its website that it is retiring the OTTO name.