X

Uber Eats Will Roll Out Sidewalk Robots For Food Deliveries

Someday, you too could be picking up your Uber Eats order from a robot.

Marcos Cabello
Based in Boston, Marcos Cabello has been a personal finance reporter for NextAdvisor and CNET. Marcos has covered cryptocurrency, investing, banking, and the US economy, among other personal finance subjects. If you don't find Marcos behind his computer screen, you'll probably find him behind another screen, playing the newest Nintendo Switch title, streaming the latest TV show or reading a book on his Kindle.
Marcos Cabello
Cartken's self-driving robots

Cartken's AI-powered sidewalk robots will deliver your Uber Eats order in Miami.

Uber

A new Uber partnership will bring robot delivery to Uber Eats customers in the Miami area, the company said Thursday. It's teaming up with Cartken, a California-based company that creates self-driving sidewalk robots, to roll out the new delivery program in the Dadeland district.

While this is Cartken's first major partnership, the company's fleet of AI-powered robots have been used in a number of other places, including parts of California, Canada, the UK, Germany, Japan and a handful of US college campuses. The six-wheeled robots can take about two dozen pounds of deliveries on the go and have cameras that help guide them to a destination. 

Uber and Cartken will start working with select merchants on Thursday to get the robot delivery system going, with plans to expand to other parts of Miami-Dade County and additional cities in 2023. 

"We are excited to bring its residents a little more Uber magic through sidewalk robot delivery," Noah Zych, global head of autonomous mobility and delivery at Uber, said in a press release. "Our partnership with Cartken marks another important milestone for our efforts in automated and autonomous technology and will provide greater reliability and affordability to Miami merchants and consumers."