June 24, 2017

Latest ‘uber for trucking’ launches app — this time, it’s from Uber itself



Semi trucks of different brands of classical and modern styles and different colors lined up in a straight line in a row
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The unveiling comes as one of the company’s other initiatives, its autonomous vehicle development subsidiary Otto, is embroiled in a lawsuit with Google, who claims Uber and Otto stole trade secrets related to autonomous truck tech . The app is available for both Android and iOS platforms. Uber Freight Senior Product Manager Eric Berdinis says the company leaned on its expertise in matching supply and demand and building pricing algorithms in the passenger market, transforming that process into matching freight with owner-operators and small fleets.

“We’re technically a brokerage,” Berdinis says, “and we do that so we can take ownership of the freight and pay our drivers and carriers quickly.”

That aspect, Berdinis says, is what Uber Freight believes will differentiate the company from similar services already in the marketplace.

“We value [prompt payment for delivery] as one of our big promises to our app users,” he says. “Regardless of when the shipper pays us, we’ll pay out for any load that […]

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