Autonomous ride-sharing services, also known as “robo taxis”, have been in the pipeline for years, but 2020 seems to be prime time for investors to finally parse the winners from losers. A number of auto and tech firms have launched robo-taxi trials across the country, with Alphabet’s Waymo leading the way; but competitors like Uber, Daimler, and Tesla all remain in the chase for the lead in self-driving passenger cars. Autonomous tractor trailers are also in the mix, with some seeing their utilization of highways and other open road as a less intensive, but more efficient way to deploy autonomous vehicle technologies.

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