Uber Freight Brings the Demand Economy to Truckers

 - May 19, 2017
References: freight.uber & producthunt
Uber Freight is the latest venture from the San Francisco-based ridesharing company. It's exactly what it sounds like: Uber for truckers. The app allows those with a big rig to see a list of loads, either nearby or in any city they search. If a driver wants to accept a job all they need to do is tap on it and the app handles the rest. There's no need to negotiate as all loads have a set price. Uber Freight promises drivers will be paid within seven days.

Uber Freight isn't as sexy as the company's ridesharing app, but it is an important step for the company. Uber is burning through cash in its war with Lyft and needs a new revenue stream. It also has a self-driving truck program, Otto, and the data gathered from Uber Freight will be valuable in advancing the company's self-driving semis.