Uber launches pilot robot food delivery services in California
Pilot robot food delivery – Uber Technologies Inc announced on Monday that it has begun testing autonomous food delivery services in two California locations and that it is adding electric vehicle charging stations to its worldwide driver app.
The announcements are part of Uber’s annual product event, where the ride-hailing and food-delivery service shows off the most recent software improvements.
Uber unveiled a meal delivery service that uses self-driving cars, as well as a separate test that uses sidewalk robots. Both services will be offered to Uber Eats customers in Santa Monica and West Hollywood, California, and customers will have the option to opt out.
In December, the self-driving car pilot was presented in collaboration with Motional, a self-driving joint venture between Hyundai Motor Co and Aptiv PLC. On Monday, Uber and Motional announced the debut.
According to Uber, the sidewalk robots are provided by Serve Robotics, a spin-off of delivery company Postmates, which Uber purchased in 2020.
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Human operators actively supervise the vehicles in both services, Uber said, adding that “it will be some time before this technology is operating at scale.”
With only a handful limited completely autonomous programmes available across the United States, self-driving startups have continually pushed back timeframes to provide truly driverless rides at scale.
Uber also said on Monday that a map of electric vehicle charging stations will be available in its driver app in the United States this summer, and then globally, in an effort to encourage drivers to switch to a battery-powered vehicle.
In addition, the firm announced that it would begin renting party and coach buses, as well as passenger vans, through its US app this summer in conjunction with rental provider US Coachways.