Uber and Motional Will Use Robotaxis for Food Delivery

Residents of Santa Monica will be able to have their food delivered by robotaxi next year.

Boston-based advanced driverless company Motional announced Thursday it would collaborate with Uber Technologies on a program to deliver meal kits to customers using a fleet of modified autonomous-capable Hyundai cars. Motional is also planning to launch its robotaxi service in Las Vegas sometime in 2022.

When the delivery service first rolls out though, the tech won’t work with any Santa Monica restaurant within a given delivery radius. Rather, customers who want food delivered by a robotaxi will go through the Uber app, where they will find an option to select a Motional vehicle with a curated selection of meal kits.

A Motional spokesperson told dot.LA it would announce more details of the contents of the kits that are also part of the Uber partnership.

While the company called the program “an expansion into driverless

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