Uber’s Autonomous Trucks Are Moving Cargo for Uber Freight Customers

Uber self-driving trucks are moving cargo for customers of Uber Freight, according to a report published in TechCrunch on March 6, 2018.

The first runs of Uber’s self-driving trucks were carried out in Arizona, where regular hauls will be operated by both human drivers and self-driving trucks. First, the freight is loaded on to a human driven truck by Uber. The load from the shipper is collected by this truck and a short haul run to a transfer hub happens. Then, from the short haul truck, the cargo is loaded onto a long-haul freight transport, which is a self-driving truck. Highway driving is fully handled by this self-driving truck and is finally handed over to a human-driven truck again, which completes the overall journey.

The load sourcing is handled by Uber Freight similar to how they connect shippers with human-driven trucks. Autonomous trucks are deployed by Uber’s Advanced Technology Group on the Uber Freight platform. A video depicting the test run is available, which started in the Midwest and went through Sanders in Arizona. This service is a huge step towards commercializing autonomous trucks of Uber. This puts Uber ahead of few competitors which include Embark trucking. A progress can be seen in Uber’s profile by bringing in this cargo service which uses self-driving trucks.

This cargo service by Uber, which uses autonomous vehicles will increase the growth of autonomous cars market, as elaborated in the autonomous cars market report published by Coherent Market Insights.

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