A multi-year partnership has been signed between Uber Technologies and Nuro which will see the food delivery business using Nuro’s electric and autonomous vehicles for food deliveries in the USA, beginning autumn 2022.
Users of the Uber Eats service in Houston, Texas, and Mountain View, California, will be able to have their orders fulfilled by Nuro’s unmanned autonomous delivery vehicles which carry out their operations on public roads. The duo plans to expand the service to the Bay Area in coming months.
Nuro was the first company to obtain an autonomous deployment permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles and also the first to achieve fully autonomous vehicle operations in three US states (Arizona, California and Texas).
“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, 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.”
“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, 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.”