Uber Eats has expanded its partnership with autonomous sidewalk delivery company Serve Robotics to scale the scope of robotic food delivery in the US market.
Under the agreement, Serve will deploy up to 2,000 of its robots on Uber Eats in multiple markets nationwide.
Serve Robotics co-founder and CEO Dr Ali Kashani said: “We are thrilled to be growing our partnership with Uber.
“This partnership is a major step towards mass commercialisation of robotics for autonomous delivery and it is a testament to the success of our partnership. We are excited to continue our work with Uber to bring this innovative technology to more cities across the country.”
Serve claims that its robots can potentially reduce traffic congestion and further improve the efficiency of last-mile delivery.
In a statement, Serve said: “Expanding the partnership with Uber is a significant opportunity for Serve. Serve’s robotic deliveries have grown more than 30% month over month since deliveries began in 2022, with over 200 restaurants in Los Angeles now participating.
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“This growing awareness and interest in robotic delivery in one of the largest North American markets is evident in the thousands of positive ratings received for completed deliveries.”
Last month, Uber Eats’ parent company Uber Technologies expanded its partnership with robotics company Cartken for food deliveries via automated robots in Fairfax, Virginia.
With this partnership, Uber Eats customers in the Mosaic District will receive their deliveries from AI-powered sidewalk robots.