DoorDash is planning on utilizing self-driving cars to help boost their online grocery delivery company.
The food delivery company said recently that it has teamed up with Cruise Automation, a San Francisco-based developer of driverless cars, to test food deliveries from restaurants and grocery stores.
Plans call for DoorDash to begin piloting food deliveries using Cruise autonomous vehicles in March, initially in the San Francisco market. In the test, DoorDash customers will receive deliveries from restaurants via Cruise vehicles. The companies said they also will explore grocery fulfillment using the Cruise cars for grocers already partnered with DoorDash.
“We’re kicking off our pilot in San Francisco, a complex and intricate city where Cruise has been testing vehicles for the past three years. To begin, we’ve built a runner system to move orders from the merchant to the autonomous vehicle. Then the customer will be notified when the autonomous vehicle is approaching the customer address,” Penn Daniel, special projects operations lead for DoorDash, said in a blog post Thursday. “In partnership with Cruise Automation, we look forward to scaling and improving the delivery experience for our merchants, dashers and customers.”
Founded in 2013, San Francisco-based DoorDash primarily has partnered with restaurants for its on-demand delivery platform. But this past April, the company made a big foray into the grocery realm by announcing a partnership with Walmart, with grocery delivery service initially launching in the Atlanta metropolitan area and then rolling out to more of the retail giant’s markets thereafter.
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