September 8, 2022
Uber Technologies has announced a 10-year partnership with Nuro, which develops autonomous vehicles, to advance the use of autonomous food deliveries in the U.S. The partnership will kick off later this fall with deliveries in Houston, Texas, and Mountain View, California.
The program will give Uber Eats consumers the option to order meals and goods delivered by Nuro’s zero-occupant autonomous delivery vehicles, which run on public roads and are built specifically to carry food and other goods. Both companies said they plan to expand the service to the greater Bay Area.
“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.”
The partnership highlights the rapidly growing potential for last-mile autonomous delivery of meals, groceries, and other goods and opens up autonomous delivery technology to Uber Eats merchants/restaurants of all sizes, Uber said. It also gives an opportunity for Uber and Nuro to join forces to support local businesses and strengthen local commerce.
“Our partnership with Uber underscores Nuro’s track record of partnering with the world’s leading brands to make autonomous delivery a seamless experience,” said Cosimo Leipold, head of partnerships at Nuro. “With our unique autonomous delivery vehicles and Uber’s phenomenal scale and reach, we can expand food delivery options from your favorite local mom-and-pop restaurants all the way to nationwide chains.”
Nuro has performed autonomous vehicle operations in three states – Arizona, California and Texas – and also obtained an autonomous deployment permit from the California DMV. The vehicles are built with other road users’ safety in mind, and can help reduce emissions from car trips and other delivery options that use gas-powered vehicles, Nuro said. Nuro’s collaboration with Uber follows multiple strategic partnerships with market leaders in grocery, restaurant, parcel logistics, and convenience, including Domino’s Pizza.
For more information on Nuro, visit its website here.