Here's A Look At Uber Freight, The Company's Long-Haul Trucking Project

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Uber’s currently ensnared in a legal battle with Google’s parent company Alphabet over its self-driving car designs, but the ride-hailing behemoth doesn’t seem to be slowing down just yet. The company’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.

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As Business Insider reported last fall, Uber Freight stems from the company’s acquisition of Otto, a self-driving truck start-up it purchased for $680 million. (Otto’s founder, Anthony Levandowski, is a former employee of Google has been accused by its self-driving car project of stealing 14,000 autonomous tech designs from the company before he left to launch the start-up. Levandowski has since stepped away from Uber’s autonomous driving endeavors.)

At the time, Business Insider reports, an Uber exec said its intention with Uber Freight was to build a marketplace “that would allow self-driving trucks to flourish.”

As The Verge notes, Kalanick’s tweet suggests 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 120-mile 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.

Despite the ostensibly positive news for Uber, the company could face a setback this week: the judge overseeing Uber’s dispute with Google’s self-driving project is expected to decide this week whether to issue a preliminary injunction that could halt Uber’s autonomous vehicle program until the case is completed.

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I don’t understand human’s want to kill off their own means of survival. Seriously, how many jobs is this going to kill? We bitch about how “there are no jobs” at the same time as actively embracing the tech that is destroying the market.