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Driverless food delivery: Nuro teams up with Uber Eats to deploy autonomous vehicles in Mountain View

Service set to launch this fall

Nuro and Uber Eats announced on Sept. 8, 2022 a new partnership that will send driverless vehicles on deliveries, with the service launching in Mountain View and Houston starting fall of 2022. Courtesy Nuro.

Mountain View-based Nuro and Uber are embarking on a new multiyear partnership to use Nuro's autonomous, electric vehicles for food deliveries in the United States, the companies announced Thursday, Sept. 8.

The partnership will kick off this fall with deliveries in Mountain View and Houston, with plans to expand the service beyond Mountain View to the greater Bay Area, according to a joint press release.

"Uber Eats consumers will be able 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," the companies said in a statement.

"Our partnership with Uber underscores Nuro's track record of partnering with the world's leading brands to make autonomous delivery a seamless experience," Cosimo Leipold, head of partnerships at Nuro said in a statement. "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."

Leipold told this news organization that while it's expected to start this fall, an exact launch date for Mountain View deliveries has yet to be determined.

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"We've got to finish the technical integration between the two companies and then get merchants signed up," he said, adding that they'd like it to be sooner rather than later. "We're frankly really excited about this being in our backyard."

While Nuro's vision is to deliver anything anytime, anywhere — within reason — the service expects to kick off with food deliveries, he said. The service will expand to include groceries and other retail products.

"(For) the initial start, the focus is very much going to be restaurants because that's where I think we can get going the fastest and in the most material way," Leipold said.

The companies have been in talks about the partnership for almost two years, he said.

Leipold emphasized that the partnership is not a short-term pilot or a publicity stunt. "This is really a material deal for both companies," he said. "We've structured it so it's really a value for Uber, for merchants, for customers and for us."

Nuro said that it was the first company to achieve fully autonomous vehicle operations in three states — Arizona, California, and Texas — and also the first to obtain an autonomous deployment permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. It remains one of only three companies to be granted the permit to date, according to the press release.

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Driverless food delivery: Nuro teams up with Uber Eats to deploy autonomous vehicles in Mountain View

Service set to launch this fall

by Andrea Gemmet and Malea Martin / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Sun, Sep 11, 2022, 8:43 am

Mountain View-based Nuro and Uber are embarking on a new multiyear partnership to use Nuro's autonomous, electric vehicles for food deliveries in the United States, the companies announced Thursday, Sept. 8.

The partnership will kick off this fall with deliveries in Mountain View and Houston, with plans to expand the service beyond Mountain View to the greater Bay Area, according to a joint press release.

"Uber Eats consumers will be able 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," the companies said in a statement.

"Our partnership with Uber underscores Nuro's track record of partnering with the world's leading brands to make autonomous delivery a seamless experience," Cosimo Leipold, head of partnerships at Nuro said in a statement. "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."

Leipold told this news organization that while it's expected to start this fall, an exact launch date for Mountain View deliveries has yet to be determined.

"We've got to finish the technical integration between the two companies and then get merchants signed up," he said, adding that they'd like it to be sooner rather than later. "We're frankly really excited about this being in our backyard."

While Nuro's vision is to deliver anything anytime, anywhere — within reason — the service expects to kick off with food deliveries, he said. The service will expand to include groceries and other retail products.

"(For) the initial start, the focus is very much going to be restaurants because that's where I think we can get going the fastest and in the most material way," Leipold said.

The companies have been in talks about the partnership for almost two years, he said.

Leipold emphasized that the partnership is not a short-term pilot or a publicity stunt. "This is really a material deal for both companies," he said. "We've structured it so it's really a value for Uber, for merchants, for customers and for us."

Nuro said that it was the first company to achieve fully autonomous vehicle operations in three states — Arizona, California, and Texas — and also the first to obtain an autonomous deployment permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. It remains one of only three companies to be granted the permit to date, according to the press release.

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Bystander
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 11, 2022 at 11:50 am
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Sep 11, 2022 at 11:50 am

Nuro cars have been driving around our neighborhoods for many months now.


resident3
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 11, 2022 at 1:19 pm
resident3, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Sep 11, 2022 at 1:19 pm

Awful that this will means less jobs for drivers who at least don’t collect data on us for profit.


Nayeli
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Midtown
on Sep 11, 2022 at 7:39 pm
Nayeli, Midtown
Registered user
on Sep 11, 2022 at 7:39 pm

This will be fun! I'd like to order something just for the experience.


Lyle Chandler
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Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 12, 2022 at 7:49 am
Lyle Chandler, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Sep 12, 2022 at 7:49 am

Does this mean that the CA DMV now allows driverless vehicles on the roads and freeways?

Those WAYMO vehicles (though they had a driver inside to monitor things) were a real nuisance...slow, over-deliberate, and just plain irritating to be around.


JJ
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Mountain View
on Sep 12, 2022 at 12:28 pm
JJ, Mountain View
Registered user
on Sep 12, 2022 at 12:28 pm

..well ok, but who's gonna autonomously bring it to my door and hand it to me?


Arnold Jensen USN (ret.)
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Barron Park
on Sep 12, 2022 at 1:16 pm
Arnold Jensen USN (ret.), Barron Park
Registered user
on Sep 12, 2022 at 1:16 pm

"...who's gonna autonomously bring it to my door and hand it to me?"
@JJ...
Nobody...but look on the bright side, a driverless car does not require a tip.

Nuro/Uber will simply attach an add-on charge for delivery.


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