Want to move truckloads of stuff across the country? There’s now an app for that.
Uber has finally unveiled the much-anticipated freight-hauling counterpart to its regular ride-hailing service. Uber Freight , as it’s known, will pair commercial shippers with independent truck drivers looking for a job, just like riders find drivers in so many cities.
Much like the taxi service before it, Uber’s promise here is to remove friction from the current system. In a blog post announcing the new service , the firm bleats about how drivers will be able to pick up jobs with a simple search and some button presses, rather than spending “several hours and multiple phone calls” trying to achieve the same end in the past.
Uber will also determine fees—and, yes, it will use surge charging —which in the past truckers have usually done for themselves. Drivers will no doubt be happy to hear that they’ll get paid faster this way—within 7 days, rather than 30 or more that’s common right now. But it remains to be seen if drivers will be satisfied with the pay they manage to take home when working for Uber. If the company’s track record in the ride-hailing business is anything […]