Autonomous food delivery pilots launched in Los Angeles

(TNS) — Looks like Uber is trying something new and it has something to do with robots.

This is what we’ve suspected all along about the future – robots are slowly but surely taking over and it’s only a matter of time before humans are replaced by robots.

Uber eats launches two autonomous delivery pilot projects in Los Angeles with Serve Robotics, a robotic sidewalk delivery startup, and Motional, an autonomous vehicle technology company, TechCrunch reported.


With limited testing, the two pilots start small and only deliver food from a few vendors, including an organic coffee shop and a juicer called Kreation, according to TechCrunch.

But since there are two different programs, what will each focus on?

Serve’s program will focus on shorter runs in West Hollywood, while Motional’s program will handle longer distance deliveries in Santa Monica.

“We will be able to learn from these two pilots what customers really want, what merchants really want and what makes sense for delivery as we begin to integrate our platform with AV companies,” a doorman said. -word of Uber. TechCrunch.

Uber will apparently charge for Serve deliveries, but Motional is up in the air. According to EngadgetSelf-driving vehicle deliveries in California require a license that Motional does not have, which could mean customers won’t be charged for deliveries from their vehicle, for now.

Additionally, human operators will take control near drop-off locations “to ensure a convenient and seamless experience for customers,” the Uber spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Serve robots will mostly be able to operate autonomously but remote operators will take control in some cases, such as crossing the street.

So what will a typical delivery look like?

According to Engadget, customers who reside in specific test areas will have the option of having their food delivered by a self-driving vehicle and can track it as a normal delivery. When the food arrives they will be able to unlock the vehicle with a password to get their meals ordered and it will either be from a Serve cooler or the back of a Motional car.

“The hope is that [the trials] succeed and learn over the next few months and then figure out how to scale,” the Uber spokesperson said.

So, is this new movement further proof that robots will soon take over the world?

We’ll just have to wait and see.

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