Ordering Uber Eats? Your food could be coming by robot delivery.

October 04, 2022, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

One more layer of service jobs seems poised to disappear in the near future. Uber Eats recently announced that it will begin using Nuro Delivery Robots to deliver food orders in two test markets. Nuro is a manufacturer of custom robotic electric vehicles which use AI to drive themselves.

This new ten-year partnership with Uber Eats will see the latest Nuro robot vehicle take over food delivery in select market areas to start. This is intended to pave the way for widespread service down the road.

To begin the robots will be deployed in Mountain View California, and Houston, Texas. Once the testing in the areas is complete, they intend a wider roll out in the Bay Area of California. While this move will be a slow roll out there is no question that if successful it will transform the delivery of goods worldwide.

Nuro was founded in 2016 and had now raised $2 Billion in investor funding. You can read about the company here. https://www.nuro.ai/

The autonomous tech developer was the first company to obtain an autonomous deployment permit from the state of California, and also the first to introduce autonomous vehicle operations to Arizona, California, and Texas.

From Autoweek.com you can read more about the project here.

"Nuro and Uber share a vision in which technology can make everyday life just a little bit easier," said Noah Zych, global head of Autonomous Mobility and Delivery at Uber. "Nuro's distinctive autonomous vehicles are a great match for the Uber platform, and this partnership will bring a compelling combination of innovation alongside the convenience, affordability and reliability our customers and merchants have come to expect."

Perhaps more importantly, Nuro's delivery robots will allow Uber Eats to not have to pay a human driver, which is something that company has been working toward for years as part of its primary business as well. However, the lagging development of Level 4 and Level 5 autonomy, once widely expected to arrive around 2020, had stalled ambitions for Uber, which has struggled with profitability through normal operations with independent contractor drivers.

 

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