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Uber Self-Driving Trucks are Now Moving Cargo for Uber Freight Customers

Article by TechCrunch, author Darrell Etherington

Uber's autonomous trucks are now doing actual work for customers via Uber Freight, Uber's commercial cargo shipping on-demand app. The first runs are being done in Arizona, with regular hauls operating with both human drivers and autonomous trucks working in tandem.

How it works is that Uber will load up the freight on a conventional, human driven truck who collects the load from the shipper and then does a short haul run to a transfer hub. The short haul truck then loads its cargo onto a long-haul freight transport, which is autonomous for the purposes of these trips. That self-driving test truck handles the highway driving for the longer portion of the trip, handing it off once again to a human-driven trip for the short haul cap to the overall journey.

Uber Freight handles the load sourcing, just as it dos for connecting shippers with regular human truckers. Uber's Advanced Technology Group is simply deploying its self-driving trucks on the Uber Freight platform, in the same way that the autonomous team within Uber is using the Uber ride-hailing network to test and deploy its self-driving ride share vehicles.

Full article: https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/06/u...-now-moving-cargo-for-uber-freight-customers/
 

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These particular "self-driving" trucks require a human to have their hands
on the wheel at all times (and they do). (It is the same thing level of automation
as in any Tesla that you can buy today. ) Uber seems to have left that detail out
of the story, and TechCrunch just publishes press releases as "stories" apparently.
That's one reason there is no actual footage of these "self-driving trucks",
just a cartoon graphic clip that shows stick-figures moving on a roadmap.

It's not "self-driving" really, it's more like a sophisticated cruise control.
Also, doesn't work at all if there in rain, snow, or if there is dirt on the road,
or if the vehicle gets dirt or mud on it, or...or. Yeah. Mostly doesn't work.

Just Uber trying to hype.
 

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These particular "self-driving" trucks require a human to have their hands
on the wheel at all times (and they do). (It is the same thing level of automation
as in any Tesla that you can buy today. ) Uber seems to have left that detail out
of the story, and TechCrunch just publishes press releases as "stories" apparently.
That's one reason there is no actual footage of these "self-driving trucks",
just a cartoon graphic clip that shows stick-figures moving on a roadmap.

It's not "self-driving" really, it's more like a sophisticated cruise control.
Also, doesn't work at all if there in rain, snow, or if there is dirt on the road,
or if the vehicle gets dirt or mud on it, or...or. Yeah. Mostly doesn't work.

Just Uber trying to hype.
I agree, not fully self-driving yet, but it does clearly show what are Uber's priorities in terms of the future for Uber.
 
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