There’s an app for that. The Uber app has revolutionized the taxi business. Anyone who owns a car can apply to be an Uber driver, connecting with a location-based app. The app matches Uber drivers with consumers that simply need a ride. Using a GPS location device, the app matches locations of both the driver and the app user much like a taxi service. The driver takes the app user to their destination and the app user pays through the app. Uber has been a growing taxi service app since it’s launched.
Recently, Uber has launched a new phase to its company. Uber Freight. Now, trucking companies can be matched through the Uber Freight app. Logistic businesses and transportation trucks are matched with the touch of an app. This is not the first extension of Uber. UberEats was an expansion to food transportation and UberRush quickly moves products. Uber Freight is just another extension of the company.
For now, Uber matches logistics and transportation with a truck owner. Through the Uber Freight app, any carrier or shipping company can be dispatched a small fleet, meaning 10 trucks or less, to determine location of the load pickup and where the load is bound. If it fits the company’s needs, Uber Freight users can “book the load”. The price of the shipment is paid directly to the truck driver upon delivery, however, the shipper can pay Uber Freight up to 60 days later.
Taking this one step further, through software, managing and technology, Uber Freight may have plans for self-driving trucks in the future. Ultimately eliminating the need for humans to drive trucks transporting goods in the logistics industry. The first self-driving truck has already made its delivery. A driver is still necessary until the truck gets on the interstate, where auto-mode completely takes over and the driver can remove himself from the seat.
Because carriers and shippers have first access to Uber Freight, what does this mean for the cargo industry?
Uber Freight is currently designed to transport freight in quantities of 10 truckloads or less. This brokerage firm matches drivers with cargo, meaning competition could be on the rise for logistic companies that own their own trucks. Ground freight is a major portion of how products are transported from location to destination. Computers are now in competition with humans when it comes to logistic companies.
This blog was originally published at TrinityWorld.com