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Uber's self-driving trucks

Uber has started sending self-driving trucks on delivery runs across Arizona.

The ride-hailing service is hoping this new developing will be the first step in the freight transportation revolution and after testing its technology in 2017, the company has begun contracting with trucking companies to use their own autonomous trucks, USA Today reported.

Currently, a trucker meet the self-driving vehicle at the Arizona border which then takes the load across the state before handing it to a second trucker for a short-haul trip,

Although the truck is self-driving an Uber employee rides in the driver's seat but does not drive.

Alden Woodrow, who leads Uber's self-driving truck effort, said: "The big step for us recently is that we can plan to haul goods in both directions, using Uber Freight to coordinate load pickups and dropoffs with local truckers.

"Keeping trucking local allows these drivers to make money while staying closer to home."

This news comes just after Uber introduced their Express Pool service which looks more like a public bus service and notifies the user of the pickup location so they can walk to the stop.

Instead of dropping passengers off at their door, Express Pool spots near the destination chosen by the driver, meaning they will be required to walk some more.

Despite having walk, passengers will find that Express Pool is up to 30 per cent cheaper than UberPool and 75 per cent cheaper than a regular ride with the company.

Although Express Pool is a cheaper option, the Independent Drivers Guild isn't so sure of the benefits.

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