Truckers will be able to book freight pick-ups in California, Arizona, Georgia, the Carolinas and around the Chicago area, the company announced in a blog post Thursday. The rollout will take a few months. The Uber Freight app also will begin proactively suggesting loads to truckers based on their past routes and deliveries.
“We aren’t releasing specific numbers on carriers and shipments, but since we started testing with Texas truckers in January we’ve seen a tenfold increase in load volumes,” Bill Driegert, director of Uber Freight, told USA TODAY. Traditionally, truckers have used brokers to schedule their routes. But with the advent of smartphones and algorithms, that task can now be handled by an app.