Uber Technologies Inc. announced that its self-driving commercial trucks are now conducting regular freight hauls in Arizona through the Uber Freight network.
Automated trucks operated by Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group are moving loads across the state in both directions on Interstate 40 and exchanging trailers with conventional trucks in multistage shipments coordinated via the Uber Freight application.
Uber said its self-driving trucks are hauling consumer products in dry van trailers, but declined to name which shippers are using its services.
With these operations, Uber said it is beginning to build a freight system in which long-haul autonomous trucks work in tandem with short-haul drivers to move shipments more efficiently.
Alden Woodrow, product lead for Uber ATG’s self-driving truck business, said the company’s automated freight deliveries in Arizona represent a “big step forward” from hauling a single load in one direction, as it did in 2016 with its landmark delivery of a load of beer for Anheuser-Busch in Colorado.