After its acquisition of Otto, Uber is of course working on delivery of the self-driving commercial cargo truck, and demonstrated the fact with a short beer run in Colorado past year with the driver in the sleeper.
Uber's new freight app acts as a dispatch service for shippers who are looking for a trucker to take on loads. The app boasts its payment and administrative relief benefits and placing shipments on load boards, making the owner-operator experience seamless. But as of now, there is no information on how many shippers and drivers the company has already signed up.
"On top of that, we aim to deliver where it matters most: payments", the company noted. Amazon also is working on an app that matches trucker drivers with loads, Business Insider reported previous year.
Since Uber came around, public transportation hasn't been the same.
The idea is to create a shipping network and generate revenue from the truck dispatching business today, which will also give Uber the data and the network to help it create a driverless truck business in the future.
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However, unlike in its passenger business, Uber Freight is later to market than others, although there is still plenty of room. Uber Freight won't be the first of its kind. It seems that Uber has a one point goal to dominate all means of transportation, be it on road or even in the air. "The challenge has been scaling out to meet the demand" with freight. "Like Uber ridesharing, we take into account overall marketplace dynamics to surge prices overtime to match supply and demand". Uber Freight will not work with Conditional or Unsatisfactory-rated carriers.
The Uber Freight app looks similar to the consumer version of Uber, allowing truck drivers to tap a button and book loads near them they'd like to haul.
Gilmore, who works the phones at the home base in Caty while her husband operates the truck, says in-Texas freight is somewhat plentiful, at least in their area.
However some reviews are positive, calling the app "revolutionary", "amazing." Users can pay contract or spot rates, but the company isn't disclosing what the rates are for now. Once they arrive in that destination and make the delivery they can then, like an Uber cab driver, find the next job.
"By bringing these driver- and carrier-focused efforts together with our platform, we think we can build these small businesses and keep that capacity growing and thriving", said Berdinis. Such social issues won't affect the professionalism by using this app.