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.
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.