A former member of Google's autonomous car team and other Silicon Valley veterans introduced a startup devoted to self-driving trucks.
Anthony Levandowski and Lior Ron, a fellow "Googler" who was once a top player at Google's free mapping service, said they founded a company called Otto in San Francisco.
The approximately 40 members of Otto include talent from Alphabet's Google, Apple, and Tesla, according to a blog post by Levandowski and Ron.
"We're a team comprised of the sharpest minds in self-driving technology, and we are committed to reimagining transportation -- not just improving it," the post said.
"At the heart of our vision is the belief that self-driving tech is the key for creating a more sustainable, productive -- and above all, safer -- transportation future."
Instead of trying to build self-driving trucks from the ground up, Otto is equipping trucks already on roads with sensors, software and other technology to take over for human drivers, perhaps when they need to sleep during long hauls.
"To speed the adoption of self-driving technology, we began by equipping existing trucks on the road with our unique self-driving kit, designed to empower truck drivers to drive more safely and efficiently," the blog post said.