File illustration picture showing the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign in Frankfurt, September 15, 2014. A Frankfurt court earlier this month instituted a temporary injunction against Uber from offering car-sharing services across Germany. San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to summon taxi-like services on their smartphones, offers two main services, Uber, its classic low-cost, limousine pick-up service, and Uberpop, a newer ride-sharing service, which connects private drivers to passengers - an established practice in Germany that nonetheless operates in a legal grey area of rules governing commercial transportation. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT CRIME LAW TRANSPORT)

Uber launches freight app for trucking businesses

Uber today revealed its new app: Freight, a spin-off of the popular ride-sharing service aimed at long-haul truckers.

If the promotional video is anything to go by, Uber Freight works similarly to Uber. Drivers pick an available load through the app, sorted by payment, destination, or deadline. Within seconds, the app confirms the booking. According to the company’s announcement:

We take the guesswork out of finding and booking freight, which is often the most stressful part of a driver’s day. What used to take several hours and multiple phone calls can now be achieved with the touch of a button.

Uber promises to pay drivers within 7 days. Unlike the ridesharing app, Uber Freight won’t charge its drivers a commission, which has been a major point of contention with the company’s business model.

This is not Uber’s sole freight hauling project, as the company is also working with Otto on self-driving trucks.

Uber Freight is available for iOS and Android, but it won’t be available to everyone. Uber is vetting drivers before they join the platform, presumably to check they have the right insurance, license, and equipment.

Source: Thenextweb

 

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