May 25, 2017

Uber launches Uber Freight, its app for long-haul trucking jobs



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After getting a peek from Travis Kalanick earlier this month , Uber today officially launched Uber Freight, the company’s new service that will match truckers with companies who need cargo shipped across the country.

Uber Freight has its own app, of course, which is available today on iOS and Android. There’s a sign-up page for drivers, who will be vetted before they’re allowed to use the Uber Freight. The service “take[s] guesswork out of finding and booking freight, which is often the most stressful part of a driver’s day,” according to Uber, which says it’s dismantling a process that typically takes “several hours and multiple phone calls.”

The video Uber released makes the process look as simple as using its existing cab service. The app is full of a list of available jobs and the routes they require (say, Tulsa, OK to Memphis, TN), and each listing tells the driver what they’ll be hauling and how much they’ll be paid. Once they arrive in that destination and make the delivery they can then, like an Uber cab driver, find the next job.

Uber says that Uber Freight will help “level the playing field” for truckers, perhaps hinting at the inequality that […]

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