Waymo driverless taxis are now delivering Uber Eats orders

Residents of Metro Phoenix now have the chance to have their Uber Eats orders delivered by Waymo’s self-driving cars if they’re willing to step outside to collect their food. Waymo and Uber have launched the latest phase of their ongoing partnership in the area, which also includes offering robotaxi rides to Uber customers. Upon placing an order on Uber Eats, customers may receive a notification stating that “autonomous vehicles may deliver your order.”

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If a Waymo car does pick up the order, customers will be informed and required to take their phone with them to meet the vehicle, open its trunk, and retrieve their food. However, customers can opt out during the checkout process if they prefer traditional delivery to their door.

Currently, Waymo deliveries are restricted to Phoenix, Chandler, Tempe, and Mesa, and are available only from select merchants like Princess Pita and BoSa Donuts. However, Uber plans to expand the service area and add more merchants in the future. Waymo will be using its Jaguar I-PACE electric vehicles for deliveries, which have been undergoing testing in Arizona for some time. Pricing for Waymo deliveries will remain consistent with standard fares, with no additional charges for tips.

The partnership between Waymo and Uber to provide robotaxi rides and deliveries was first announced last year, coinciding with Waymo’s expansion in the Phoenix region. Robotaxi rides were made available in the metropolitan area by October, with customers given the option to hail one when requesting an UberX, Uber Green, Uber Comfort, or Uber Comfort Electric ride.