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Uber shuts its self-driving truck unit

Uber Technologies Inc. is shutting down its self-driving truck program to focus on its autonomous cars instead.

Two years ago, Uber acquired Anthony Levandowski’s self-driving truck startup Otto for an estimated $220 million. Uber later fired Levandowski after allegations from his previous employer, Alphabet’s GOOGL, -1.82%GOOG, -1.51% Waymo, that he stole trade secrets, which resulted in a lawsuit against Uber that was settled in February.

“We’ve decided to stop development on our self-driving truck program and move forward exclusively with cars,” Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber Advanced Technologies Group, said in an emailed statement Monday. “We recently took the important step of returning to public roads in Pittsburgh, and as we look to continue that momentum, we believe having our entire team’s energy and expertise focused on this effort is the best path forward.

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