June 24, 2017

Uber extends on-demand service to trucking



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Although Uber’s new Freight app more directly targets the trucking brokerage market, logistics couriers like UPS and FedEx will surely be watching with interest, said analysts.

Uber Freight rolling out in the US was touted by the company as an app that matches truckers or trucking companies with loads, and streamlines payments.

”We take the guesswork out of finding and booking freight, which is often the most stressful part of a driver’s day,” Uber said in a blog post available online May 19.

”What used to take several hours and multiple phone calls can now be achieved with the touch of a button.”

San Francisco-based Uber made no mention of its efforts in self-driving vehicles, particularly trucks for cargo or deliveries.

Uber acquired commercial transport-focused tech startup Otto late last year as the company pressed ahead with its pursuit of self-driving technology. Giants watching Some US$7.7bil (RM33.16bil) in funding was pumped into supply chain and logistics companies last year, according to industry tracker CB Insights.UPS and FedEx were described as the two most active […]

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