Uber Eats and Motional partner up to make autonomous deliveries

Driverless Tech Startup Motiona and Uber Technologies have agreed a partnership to launch autonomous deliveries for Uber customers. The Service will start in Santa Monica in early 2022.

Motional’s all-electric vehicles will conduct deliveries of a curated set of meal kits from select restaurants on Uber Eats.

The partnership represents industry-shaping firsts for both companies; Motional’s expansion into driverless delivery and Uber’s first on-road delivery partnership with an autonomous vehicle technology provider.

Motional will use its next-generation autonomous vehicle, the all-electric Hyundai IONIQ 5-based robotaxi, with in-vehicle modifications in place to enable autonomous deliveries.

This will be the first time Motional’s SAE Level 4 vehicles are used for delivery applications, and signals the company’s evolution to a dual-purpose product strategy.

“Today, Motional enters the autonomous delivery market.

“We’re proud that our first delivery partner is Uber and are eager to begin using our trusted driverless technology to offer efficient and convenient deliveries to customers in California.

“We’re confident this will be a successful collaboration with Uber and see many long-term opportunities for further deploying Motional’s technology across the Uber platform.”

Karl Iagnemma, Motional’s president and CEO

Motional’s partnership with Uber will leverage its industry-leading expertise in operating commercial autonomous fleets and integrating its technology with on-demand consumer applications.

Uber Eats delivers instant access to local commerce, helping people across the world discover restaurants and merchants, order meals, groceries, alcohol, and more at the touch of a button—and get it delivered reliably and quickly.

The business leverages Uber’s technology and logistics expertise to partner with 780,000 merchants in 6,000+ cities globally, while keeping average delivery time under 30 minutes.

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