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Uber to launch courier delivery service in New York

Car-summoning service to begin offering delivery of small packages in Manhattan on Tuesday, usually within an hour.

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Uber will take a big step toward its ambitions of delivering more than passengers on Tuesday when it launches a new courier service in Manhattan.

Called UberRush, the service will allow customers to request delivery of small packages, usually within an hour, Uber NYC announced Monday. Like traditional bike courier services, Uber couriers on foot or bike will deliver items for a fee of between $15 and $30, depending on distance.

The service will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with expansion planned to other cities in the future. In addition to ordering delivery, the app will also allow both the sender and recipient to track the package's progress, CNBC reported.

Uber, which has already dabbled with special delivery promotions of ice cream, Valentine's Day roses, and Christmas trees, tipped its delivery ambitions last December.

"Today, we are in the business of delivering cars in five minutes," Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said at the LeWeb Show in Paris. "Once you're in the business of delivering cars in five minutes, there are a lot of things you can deliver in five minutes."