The company recently acquired the self-driving truck start-up Otto, and is pitching its services to shippers, truck fleets and independent drivers.READ MORE: Oakland A's Silent on Negotiations With City Over New Stadium
A report from Reuters suggests that Uber plans to go after the middlemen who sit between the shippers and the haulers – an area that’s already seen quite an evolution.
“We started with post-it notes essentially at truck stops, where drivers could drive by and see these boards with cards in it,” Kevin Abbott said. Abbott is vice president of CH Robinson, a large third party logistics company that matches loads with vehicles.READ MORE: COVID: Breakthrough Cases Surge Among San Francisco Hospital Staff
“What we found is that each new wave of new technology is really a new tool for this industry to use and to make it more efficient,” Abbott said.
And, he expects the same with autonomous trucks. But he says, don’t dismiss the value of human drivers.
“When problems arise, people need to get in there and solve those problems,” Abbott said.MORE NEWS: COVID: Highly-Contagious Delta Variant Has Some Parents Rethinking Back-To-School Plans
The biggest benefit he sees to self-driving trucks is that hours on the road won’t be limited by sleep breaks.