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May 16, 2017

UBER FREIGHT - USA - The long-haul trucking project

* California - Uber Freight's plans include ambitions to own a fleet of semis


--- The UBER's CEO, Travis Kalanick, posted a photo over the weekend of a large semi that appears to be the first look at its long-hauling truck effort, Uber Freight... Uber Freight stems from the company's acquisition of Otto, a self-driving truck start-up it purchased for $US680 ($926) million... Uber Freight's plans now appears to include ambitions to own a fleet of semis — which, of course, would be a costly venture. Still, the project has had some successful public demonstrations; last October, an Otto truck completed a 193km beer delivery run. But it's not clear how many tests have been conducted since. In February, Car & Driver revealed Otto was operating without a permit in California, a familiar point of contention for Uber... Otto has been registered with the DOT and with the California Department of Motor Vehicles to haul freight as a carrier – not a broker - since last year...
 (Image by Travis Kalanick: A large semi that appears to be the first look at its long-hauling truck effort, Uber Freight)  --  San Francisco, CAL, USA - Gizmodo/Jalopnik, by Ryan Felton - May 10, 2017

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