Ride-sharing veteran Uber Technologies has announced a long-term partnership with self-driving vehicle developer Nuro, whose self-driving electric vehicles will deliver food to Uber Eats customers in the United States. The ten-year agreement will begin this fall in Texas and California before expanding further.
As pioneers of the ridesharing revolution that began over a decade ago, Uber Technologies ($UBER) continues to grow and adapt to a world focused on lower carbon emissions and instant gratification, like having tacos delivered right to your front door when you’re too hungover to walk three blocks houses (you know who you are).
Although it started out as a black car service to counter the less desirable taxi experience at the time, Uber has grown into a mobility technology juggernaut, offering several variations of its ride-sharing services such as Uber Green , Uber Pet and Uber Eats for food and groceries. deliveries.
On the ride-sharing front, Uber has partnered with electric vehicle companies around the world to electrify its fleets, whether it’s its all-electric motorcycles from Opibus in Kenya or Tesla Model 3 in the United States. and in Europe. Uber has even co-developed a ride-sharing-specific electric vehicle with Arrival, but that project is on hold while the UK startup focuses on delivering its electric van first.
On the Uber Eats front, the company has already delivered meals to customers in Southern California in a pilot program with robotaxi company Motional – a Hyundai Motor Group joint venture that uses autonomous systems IONIQ 5VE. Since May, the two companies have been piloting Uber Eats deliveries and analyzing customer feedback to jointly develop a self-driving food delivery model that could eventually expand to Los Angeles and other cities.
Now Uber Eats is taking self-driving food delivery one step further by doing away with the driver altogether. Check out Nuro’s autonomous EV delivery below.
Uber Eats self-delivered with help from Nuro
Uber Technologies shared news of its latest self-driving mobility expansion via A press release today, explaining how and why a ten-year partnership with Nuro makes sense for both parties. Nuro is a bit of a trailblazer itself, as the first fully autonomous vehicle developer to operate in three separate states (AZ, CA, TX).
To support the growing market for last-mile delivery of food, groceries and other packages, Uber believes that Nuro’s self-driving electric vehicles can provide a sustainable solution for Uber Eats and beyond. For perspective, the Uber Eats network currently consists of 825,000 merchants in over 11,000 cities around the world.
Uber also made an admirable point that its new partnership should help support local businesses and commerce, many of which are still recovering from the limitations imposed by the pandemic. Nuro’s Head of Partnerships, Cosimo Leipold, elaborated:
Our partnership with Uber underscores Nuro’s track record of partnering with the world’s biggest brands to make self-driving delivery a seamless experience. With our unique autonomous delivery vehicles and Uber’s phenomenal scale and reach, we can expand food delivery options from your favorite local family restaurants to national chains.
Unoccupied Uber Eats deliveries are scheduled to begin this fall in Houston, Texas, and Mountain View, California. Uber and Nuro say they also already have expansion plans for the Bay Area. As the third state currently allowing Nuro’s autonomous electric vehicles to operate, we should expect to see deliveries in Arizona eventually, but that hasn’t been confirmed by either company at this point.
Could someone order Thai food and film the Nuro EV pulling up? We would love to see it!
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