Ride-sharing service Uber is now getting into the logistics business, the company announced on Wednesday.
Dubbed UberCargo, the company's new service allows users to call a van and transport large items, like a mattress, surfboard, large pet, or anything else. While the owners of the products are encouraged to place the goods into the vans on their own, Uber says that the drivers will help, if requested.
Pricing for UberCargo is based on time and distance traveled, so it will vary. For now, Uber is testing the service in Hong Kong, but it could make its way to other markets.
UberCargo works in much the same way as the company's ride-sharing service. Customers call for an UberCargo driver to meet them at a location, input a destination, and then load up the van. Users have the option to ride along with the cargo or track it to its destination via the UberCargo app.
Uber has had its fairover the past several months. Its services have been banned in cities around the world, a few of its drivers have been , and for travelers. Earlier this week, the company was taken to task by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission for failing to provide ride data.
Most of the complaints against the company around the world have come from taxi groups that see Uber as a threat. Now that the company is testing out the logistics market, it's unclear whether competing companies could go after Uber similarly to taxi firms.
For its part, Uber has stood up to the complaints and has consistently said that it's operating legally. Considering that, it's unlikely the company would back down from logistics companies if it faces criticism.
Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.