The drop and hook solution also gained new AI capabilities, as well as an array of sensors for increased visibility and efficiency

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor

March 25, 2024

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An Uber Freight truck
Uber Freight's drop and hook solution gained new AI capabilitiesGetty

Uber Freight has announced the nationwide expansion of its drop and hook solution, automating the truck loading process.

The Powerloop solution connects truckers to loads requiring transportation and allows them to pick up and drop off pre-loaded cargo from one location without needing to manually handle the products themselves.

Under the new updates, Powerloop has also gained AI-powered bundling capabilities, optimizing a driver’s route to allow them to collect and drop off as many trailers as possible. 

Uber Freight also announced “telematics-enhanced” smart trailers for increased efficiency and flexibility. 

As part of the smart trailer update, Powerloop trailers now come equipped with GPS, cargo sensors, door sensors and 24/7 monitoring cameras for real-time visibility into trailer location and capacity, and an alarm system that alerts businesses if trailers are damaged or stolen. 

Uber Freight said the expansion responds to the “explosive growth” of Powerloop, with the capacity program experiencing a 30% increase in load volume in 2023 alone.

“We've transformed Powerloop into the drop-and-hook solution that I envisioned during my time as a shipper,” said Alyssa Correale, Uber Freight’s vice president of operations. “The escalating demand for our program is a testament to its efficacy.

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“With a nationwide carrier base of 95,000 and significant enhancements, we're reaffirming our commitment to innovation and excellence in the transportation industry, positioning ourselves to meet the burgeoning demand and drive continued acceleration.”

About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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