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Waymo Partners with Uber Eats for Autonomous Food Delivery in Phoenix

by IAV Staff

Uber Eats has partnered with Waymo to introduce deliveries via fully autonomous vehicles within a sprawling 225+ square mile service area across Metro Phoenix. This collaboration marks a significant advancement in autonomous vehicle technology application, making Phoenix home to the world’s largest autonomous vehicle service area for consumer services.

Initially, the service will feature select merchants in Chandler, Tempe, and Mesa, including local favorites like Princess Pita, Filiberto’s, and Bosa Donuts. This venture not only brings a new delivery method to Uber Eats users but also supports local businesses by connecting them with consumers through state-of-the-art technology.

Ordering with the Waymo Driver is straightforward. Users in the Phoenix service area will see an in-app notification informing them that their order may be delivered by an autonomous vehicle. Those preferring traditional delivery methods can opt out during checkout. Customers matched with a Waymo vehicle for delivery will receive detailed instructions on how to collect their items from the vehicle’s trunk upon its arrival.

Since launching their ride-hailing partnership in Metro Phoenix, Waymo and Uber have completed tens of thousands of trips using the Waymo Driver’s autonomous driving technology. This expansion into food delivery with Uber Eats is the next step in their joint effort to explore the potential of autonomous technology.

By extending the reach of autonomous driving technology to include food delivery, this partnership aims to demonstrate the safety, efficiency, and environmental benefits of autonomous vehicles to a broader audience. This collaboration between Uber Eats and Waymo underscores their commitment to advancing autonomous technology and transforming urban mobility and delivery services.

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