In a statement Uber Technologies Inc said, it has launched a pilot food delivery services using autonomous vehicles in two cities in California; it also said, it was increasing the number of electric vehicle charging stations in its global driver app.
Uber’s announcements are part of its annual product event wherein it showcases the latest updates to its app.
Both of Uber’s services are available to Uber Eats users in Santa Monica and West Hollywood in California; consumers have the ability to opt out of the programs.
Uber’s autonomous car pilot is in collaboration with Motional, the self-driving joint venture of Hyundai Motor Co and Aptiv PLC and was initially announced in December.
The sidewalk robots are provided by Serve Robotics, a spin-off of delivery company Postmates, which Uber acquired in 2020.
Both of Uber’s services are actively monitored by human operators, said Uber while adding that “it will be some time before this technology is operated at scale.”
Uber on Monday also said it was launching a map of electric vehicle charging stations in its driver app in the U.S. this summer, and later worldwide, in an effort to promote drivers switching to a battery-powered vehicle.
Uber said, it aims to have only electric vehicles on its platform in the United States, Canada and in Europe by 2030. For consumers, the lack of charging infrastructure is one of the biggest hurdles obstacles to switching to EVs.
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