Cruise, part of General Motors Co. in Detroit, and DoorDash today announced they are partnering to pilot food and grocery delivery by Cruise’s autonomous vehicles through the DoorDash platform. The testing program will begin in early 2019 with an initial focus on the San Francisco market.
DoorDash, one of the fastest growing players in the last mile delivery space, will use Cruise autonomous vehicles to test and improve the efficiency of getting food and groceries from DoorDash’s merchants to its customers’ doors.
“Delivery is a significant opportunity for Cruise as we prepare to commercialize our autonomous vehicle technology and transform transportation,” says Dan Ammann, CEO of Cruise and most recently president of General Motors. “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.”
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.
“We are excited to partner with Cruise to develop our expertise in the autonomous vehicle delivery space,” said Tony Xu, CEO of DoorDash. “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.”
Cruise, a global leader in autonomous vehicle technology and DoorDash, the fastest growing delivery platform, will leverage their complementary capabilities and innovative technology to capture essential insights as the companies reimagine mobility and logistics.
Cruise Automation was founded in 2013 by Kyle Vogt and Dan Kan, with a shared a vision to transform mobility through the large-scale deployment of autonomous vehicle technology. In 2016, Cruise partnered with General Motors to help scale this vision as the company deployed its first test fleet of self-driving cars.
Since then, Cruise has continued to develop its pioneering technology, while receiving additional funding from SoftBank and Honda Motor Co. With fleets on the road in California, Arizona, and Michigan, Cruise is on the way to making commercialized self-driving cars a reality.
DoorDash, founded in 2003, is a technology company that connects customers with their favorite local and national businesses in 3,000 cities across the United States and Canada.