Uber to Introduce Driverless Food Delivery with All Electric RoboTaxis Next Year; Lyft to Introduce Driverless Vehicles in 2023

By B.N. Frank

The days of Lyft and Uber providing jobs to Americans seems to be quickly coming to an end as both companies have committed to introducing driverless vehicles in American cities.  Of course, autonomous delivery vehicles and taxis are already being operated and/or tested in some U.S. cities (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) despite increasing expert warnings, dangerous incidents, and fatal accidents (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  “Smart Cities” plan to add more of them anyway so why not companies as well?

From Protocol:

Uber Eats and Motional are working on driverless food delivery for 2022

Meal-kit deliveries will come via Motional’s all-electric Hyundai robotaxis.

AI doesn’t just want to eat your lunch — sometimes it wants to deliver it, too.

Driverless tech provider Motional and Uber Eats plan to add a dash of autonomy to food delivery next year in Santa Monica, serving up meal kits from select restaurants. The news was first reported by AiThority.

The plan is for food deliveries to come via Motional’s all-electric Hyundai IONIQ 5-based robotaxis. Motional said this will be the first time its vehicles are used to deliver food. It’s not clear whether humans or robots will bring the meal kits to customers’ doorsteps.

This isn’t the first partnership with a ride-sharing company for the Motional, though. It has already paired with Uber competitor Lyft. Motional and Lyft are set to put driverless Lyft vehicles on the road in 2023 in Las Vegas, a city that has become a petri dish for AI and emerging urban tech experimentation.

In regard to Electric Vehicles (EVs) themselves, ongoing issues continue to be reported about them including:

Activist Post reports regularly about Automated Vehicles (AVs), Electric Vehicles (EVs) and unsafe technology.  For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:

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