Here’s our first look at Uber Freight, Uber’s long-haul trucking venture

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  1. Toby

    Toby Well-Known Member

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  2. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LAST

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    well frankly, all i can see is this is a cut-rate carrier.

    they will still need experienced drivers, and pay them a good salary, hopefully benefits.

    but as the meags cut rates, so will uber. in fact, uber may be lower than the ones now that are cutting the throats of all others.
     
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  3. othertrucker2001

    othertrucker2001 Professional Flummoxer

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    Cut throats getting their throat cut by the cut throats who will cut their own throat. Now that's cut throat technology.
     
  4. Brian Junior

    Brian Junior DOFT $50M ICO!!!

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    If they get loads from direct shippers, we can get even more, than we get from brokers for this load. It is just a matter of percentage Uber takes.
    Seems it will be low right from the start and then will increase smoothly
     
  5. BIG R GUY

    BIG R GUY Part time Coop Dispatch driver

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    Can't wait until uber starts advertising for help with this venture.....
    Competitive pay!!!!
    You choose when you want to work!!
    Benefits offered!!!!
    Independent contractor status!!!!
    Be your own boss!!!!
     
  6. Apostolic

    Apostolic Super Moderator Staff Member

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    They won't need qualified drivers,just train for drop & hooks,well maybe blind side backing in some cases.
    I know I've seen the video's of guys kicked back,while the Semi is heading straight down the highway.
    I haven't seen any driver-less backing yet,I mean to say that is a critical part of delivering freight.
    Anyone can drive straight,however backing does take a little skill,I'd like to see a driver-less backing video.
    I bet it would be a lot of laughs.
     
  7. kboomarang

    kboomarang My allah, between pie and mode

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    I think there are just far too many variables on the roadways for these do-dads to be viable, and there's a boatload of them that pop-up on just a daily basis, the driver-less cars are in the news quite often with accidents, and the general public is not going to be any to happy sharing the road with a 80,000 lb computers.
     
  8. Brian Junior

    Brian Junior DOFT $50M ICO!!!

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    You see, the exact uber model replica won't work for freight transportation. Too many differences. And sometimes shippers will ask for an opportunity to chose the carrier they want. So they will be able to decline the carrier who has accepted the load.
     
  9. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LAST

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    the story does not really mention, self driving trucks, only that Uber bought Otto.....

    that could come in time however (self driving trucks).
     
  10. othertrucker2001

    othertrucker2001 Professional Flummoxer

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    Wait...doesn't Ford have a pickup truck that will back your boat trailer?
     
  11. Apostolic

    Apostolic Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Hmm backing a boat & bumping docks between other Semi's would seem like apples & oranges in comparison.
     
  12. othertrucker2001

    othertrucker2001 Professional Flummoxer

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    If they have a software that would back a boat trailer, all they would have to do is add a few lasers and tweek the software a bit.
     
  13. Brian Junior

    Brian Junior DOFT $50M ICO!!!

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    The self-driving truck doesn't mean human-less truck
     
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  14. buffalobill

    buffalobill Well-Known Member

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    Who says uber can compete with drivers that make less than minimum wage? Going to be pretty hard to go head to head with werner, swift, and prime.
     
  15. Brian Junior

    Brian Junior DOFT $50M ICO!!!

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    If uber can bring fair wages that would be really great! But now the rates tend to go down...
     
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  16. Woody

    Woody Sons of Trump

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    To many rules for Uber to succeed.
     
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  17. othertrucker2001

    othertrucker2001 Professional Flummoxer

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    Nah!

     
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  18. buffalobill

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    Imo, uber is going to get their ass handed to them.
     
  19. kboomarang

    kboomarang My allah, between pie and mode

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    I think this whole thing with driver-less vehicles comes from computer programmers who see the stats on the number of decisions an alert driver makes in a minute and thinks his computer can do that in a fraction of a nano second so they think it's easy, but I think we all know there are situations that can't be programmed for, so good luck to them and hopefully nobody dies.
     
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  20. buffalobill

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    Those same tech guy's downplay manual labor as simple, but ask any of them to do it, and they fall flat on their face.

    I work with a bunch of millenials, and they can do anything on a phone. But they don't have a clue how to change a u joint. Or a ball joint. Or trace a bad ground. They are literally worthless.
     
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