Uber Eats introduces robotic delivery

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The autonomous sidewalk delivery company Serve Robotics has partnered with Uber Technologies to make on-demand robotic deliveries available to Uber Eats customers.

This service will first be available to customers in Los Angeles early next year and is intended to increase food delivery convenience and sustainability in the area.

Founded in 2017 as the robotics division of Postmates, Serve Robotics is now an independent company that aims to make delivery more affordable, sustainable and accessible. At present, the company’s self-driving robots have reportedly completed tens of thousands of contactless deliveries in major US cities.

Dr Ali Kashani, co-founder and CEO of Serve Robotics, said, “Serve Robotics is looking forward to delivering great convenience for Uber Eats merchants and customers. Uber is our first commercial partner and will be a strong source of demand for us as we use contactless delivery to power community commerce at scale.”

Sarfraz Maredia, VP and head of Uber Eats in the USA and Canada, added, “We are excited to partner with Serve Robotics to test a new kind of delivery in Los Angeles, that’s safe, reliable and environmentally friendly. We’re always looking for ways to better serve merchants and consumers, which is why we’re working with the team at Serve to explore the potential of this technology.”

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