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June 08, 2015 09:19 ET

Transfix: Beyond Uber For Trucking, NYC Startup Launches Driver-Centric App

Freight Logistics Startup Provides Trip Planning and Load Management Tools to Interstate Truck Drivers

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - June 08, 2015) - Transfix, a leading on-demand freight logistics marketplace and trucking mobile solutions company, today announced the launch of its proprietary mobile app for over-the-road (OTR) drivers.

Previously in beta, the long-haul shipping startup’s free mobile app provides trip planning functionality specifically tailored to truck drivers. This is the first of several robust feature roll outs in the app’s short-term roadmap geared towards OTR drivers-at-large.

The Transfix mobile app also provides comprehensive load management capabilities for Transfix Drivers, OTR drivers who are fully registered with the company to accept Transfix-brokered loads based on their real-time location.

“I am excited to see what Salama's engineering and UX team build. There are only a handful of people in the world who combine world class software engineering talent with experience and passion for transportation -- and we see this already with an amazing initial product," said Michael Bryzek, Co-founder & former CTO of Gilt, and an early-stage investor and advisor for Transfix.

The mobile app’s trip planner, labeled TransPath in the app menu, automatically generates top route options after drivers input their starting point and destination. Each route option displays corresponding real-time data from the following available insights:

  • Truck stops (including: showers; ATMs; Lotto; number of parking spaces)
  • Gas stations and their real-time fuel prices
  • Rest areas
  • Weigh stations
  • Lodging
  • Restaurants
  • Distance to go
  • Estimated time of arrival
  • Shopping centers
  • Weather and temperature
  • Moon phases (commonly monitored by OTR drivers)

End-to-end load management capabilities for Transfix Drivers include:

  • Geo-location integration with Transfix SaaS solutions
  • Free, automated cash advances to cover upfront load haul expenses
  • Automated detention pay
  • Free, automated quick pay
  • One-tap status updates between drivers and shippers
  • User-friendly shipper and load details
  • Document upload and management

The app is available on iPhone and Android. A valid motor carrier (MC) number is required on download to access the app. MC numbers are issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and are primarily used to identify truck drivers who have Interstate Operating Authority, a federal requirement for hauling freight across state lines.

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About Transfix

Transfix is a leading on-demand trucking and freight logistics marketplace serving the long-haul full truckload (FTL) market. Transfix provides technology solutions and location-based brokerage to its partner ecosystem of interstate owner-operators, small-to-mid-sized trucking carriers and shippers.

By democratizing cutting-edge technology across the industry, and by partnering with like-minded values-based shippers, Transfix is producing measurable win-win efficiency and sustainable growth, while leveling the playing field for independent owner-operators and small carriers in the face of grossly outmoded legacy giants.

Since launching in August 2013, Transfix has raised $2.5 million in capital from investors such as Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Founder Collective, Bowery Capital, Deep Fork Capital, Corigin Ventures, Expansion Venture Capital and Thayer Street Partners. Angels consist of Michael Bryzek, Paul Sethi, Ben Narasin and Carter Reum.

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