The companies say they are partnering to pilot food and grocery delivery by Cruise’s autonomous vehicles through the DoorDash platform, which is available in 3,000 cities across the U.S. and Canada. The testing program will begin in early 2019 with an initial focus on the San Francisco market.
DoorDash will use Cruise autonomous vehicles to test and improve the efficiency of getting food and groceries from DoorDash's merchants to its customers' doors. As part of the program, select DoorDash customers will receive deliveries from their favorite restaurants via a Cruise autonomous vehicle.
In addition to ready-made restaurant meals, the partnership will also explore grocery fulfillment via Cruise vehicles for select grocers already partnered with DoorDash. DoorDash and Cruise expect to evaluate and develop safety, operational, and other learnings in the pilot.
"Delivery is a significant opportunity for Cruise as we prepare to commercialize our autonomous vehicle technology and transform transportation," says Cruise CEO Dan Ammann. "Partnering with DoorDash will provide us with critical learnings as we further our mission to deliver technology that makes people's lives better and more convenient."
Tony Xu, CEO of DoorDash says, "We are excited to partner with Cruise to develop our expertise in the autonomous vehicle delivery space. We see autonomous vehicles playing a major role in the future of delivery as consumer behaviors continue to shift online, and we are confident Cruise's leading technology will help us scale to meet growing consumer demand."
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