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

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 multi-year 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 the Voice 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 DMV. 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

by Andrea Gemmet and Malea Martin / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Thu, Sep 8, 2022, 12:57 pm

Mountain View-based Nuro and Uber are embarking on a new multi-year 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 the Voice 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 DMV. It remains one of only three companies to be granted the permit to date, according to the press release.

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Bruce Karney
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Old Mountain View
on Sep 8, 2022 at 2:24 pm
Bruce Karney, Old Mountain View
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on Sep 8, 2022 at 2:24 pm

I hope -- and expect -- that this project will be successful from a technology perspective, but I would like to learn more about how it can work from a business perspective. I wonder how many Nuro delivery vehicles will be required for Mountain View and what tasks (if any) they will be performing outside of the 4-6 hours/day when people order lunches and dinners to be delivered.


bkengland
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Whisman Station
on Sep 8, 2022 at 2:29 pm
bkengland, Whisman Station
Registered user
on Sep 8, 2022 at 2:29 pm

Thus bringing us to the end of personal delivery devices on our sidewalks eventually? Excellent!


SalsaMusic
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Cuesta Park
on Sep 8, 2022 at 2:38 pm
SalsaMusic, Cuesta Park
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on Sep 8, 2022 at 2:38 pm

Bruce, food is just the beginning. Imagine getting anything you want from any store within 15mins. Groceries!!!!!


Nora S.
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Rex Manor
on Sep 9, 2022 at 10:41 am
Nora S., Rex Manor
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on Sep 9, 2022 at 10:41 am

This article reads like a press release. Did the journalists do any independent research?


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