Serve Robotics, a developer of sidewalk delivery robots, is partnering with Uber Technologies, which is said to be the world’s largest food delivery and ridesharing platform.
The on-demand robotic delivery service will be available to Uber Eats customers starting in Los Angeles early next year.
Serve Robotics says it is “shaping the future of sustainable, self-driving delivery”. Founded in 2017 as the robotics division of Postmates, Serve is now an independent company on a mission to make delivery more affordable, sustainable and accessible for everyone.
Guided by its proprietary autonomous technology, the company’s self-driving robots have successfully completed tens of thousands of contactless deliveries in major US cities.
Serve is backed by Uber, alongside other leading investors.
Dr Ali Kashani, co-founder and CEO of Serve Robotics, says: “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 US and Canada, says: “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.”