Lior Ron, a key figure in Uber Technologies Inc's self-propelled trucking project, left the company, saying people are familiar with the matter.
The departure comes less than two weeks after a Uber hit an autonomous SUV, killing a pedestrian. Matt Wing, a spokesman for Uber, said Ron's move has nothing to do with the deadly collision on March 18 in Tempe, Arizona.
Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber's autonomous vehicle division, wrote to staff in an email that he and Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi remain committed to the trucking project despite Ron's departure. "Dara and I both know that you've all gone through a lot of changes, and that's not easy," Meyhofer wrote in the Bloomberg email. "I assure you that we remain bullish on Freight and are always impressed by the great work you are doing."
Ron co-founded the autonomous freight forwarder Otto, which was taken over by Uber and became the subject of a trade secret litigation Waymo of Alphabet Inc. Ron testified during the trial when he led Uber Freight, who set up a shipping company with the help of autonomous trucks want.
"Since launching in Texas, we've been shipping cargo to all states of the continental US," wrote Wing's e-mail message, "We believe it will continue to grow as we use our network and technology to drive the trucks Industry. "
Ron founded Otto with Anthony Levandowski after both had worked at Alphabet. Less than a year after Uber bought Otto, Alphabet complained. Uber paid $ 245 million in inventory to settle the case last month.