Uber’s big rig trucks are here and geared for a long road ahead
It’s no longer just about the black car. Uber has been working on a truck division called Uber Freight — no, not Uber flight, that’ll come a bit later.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick showed off a new photo of one of the trucks on Sunday while he was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Uber has an office and first launched its self-driving cars on the road in that city.
Details are sparse. According to Kalanick’s tweet, it’s all “great stuff.”
But this isn’t the first time we’ve seen an Uber-powered truck. Uber designed and built a self-driving truck that completed a 120-mile trip between Fort Collins, Colorado and Colorado Springs, Colorado, all while carrying 2,000 cases of Budweiser.
It looked like a publicity stunt, with the car decorated with “Budweiser” and “Proud brewed. Self-driven.” The side of the truck also read “Otto,” which is the name of Uber’s self-driving division, brought on through a company acquisition. The trucks have also been spotted in California.
Now, it seems that Uber’s new trucks ready to roll in Pittsburgh. We can’t tell whether they’re self-driving or not.
Uber’s self-driving initiative hasn’t had the best year. The company is currently in the midst of a legal dispute with Waymo, Google’s self-driving car division. Anthony Levandowski, the center of the scandal who started Otto and previously worked at Google, has stepped down from his role in Otto. He’s still at Uber.
As The Verge noted, the scene looks somewhat staged. Why are there random barrels of hey by the tent? Perhaps they’re filming a commercial or maybe they were just showing off to the CEO.