Uber Eats introduces autonomous delivery in California
Uber Eats has launched two autonomous delivery pilots in Los Angeles in partnership with Motional, an autonomous vehicle technology company of which was reported earlier this year, and Serve Robotics which is a robotic sidewalk delivery startup and Uber subsidiary.
These delivery services are only two of several new products Uber is planning across its ride-hail and delivery platforms. While Serve’s program will only focus on short trips in West Hollywood, Motional will handle longer distance deliveries in Santa Monica, technology news portal Techcrunch reported.
Although customers will be charged delivery fees, California law requires Motional to first be issued a permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Currently, it only has a permit to test with a safety driver on board. As such, Motional and Uber may not be charging for certain delivery fees for now.
In related news, Uber also has a 26% stake in self-driving vehicle company Aurora, its partner for freight logistics, the report said.