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Uber Eats trials autonomous 'sidewalk robots' to deliver food to people's doorsteps

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Uber has unveiled plans to trial autonomous'sidewalk robots' to deliver food to people's doorsteps. The US ride-hailing giant announced the idea as part of a raft of new features and services for its customers. These included an option for those in certain cities to specifically request a ride in an electric car, which Uber said was part of its global commitment to becoming a zero-emissions mobility platform by 2040. Comfort Electric is now available in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Dubai, with more cities to come soon. The sidewalk robot concept is one of two autonomous delivery pilot programs being trialled in California.


Walmart is testing fully autonomous delivery trucks in Bentonville, Arkansas, hometown

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Walmart has revealed it is using fully driverless trucks to bring groceries from a fulfillment center to one of its Arkansas supermarkets, in a move that will cut costs and address the ongoing labor shortage affecting retail supply chains. Twelve hours a day, apair of trucks are running on a seven-mile loop of public roads from a fulfillment center to the Walmart on Regional Airport Boulevard in Bentonville, Arkansas, where the mega-retailer is headquartered. From there customers can conveniently pick up their orders. Walmart started driverless deliveries in August using autonomous trucks from Palo Alto, California-based start-up Gatik, but waited to make the announcement until Monday, after two months of incident-free deliveries. The trucking industry has faced a record worker shortage since the pandemic started, Chris Spear, president of the American Trucking Associations, told CNN, with 80,000 drivers still needed.


Forget rideshares, Uber will rent you a party bus

Engadget

Uber continues to show that it has grand ambitions that go far beyond the ride-sharing service that it first became known for. At the company's second annual, product-focused Go/Get event, Uber announced a host of new features focused primarily on expanding its offerings in both the travel and delivery categories. Travel may sound obvious, given Uber's background, but probably the most notable new offering is simply called Uber Travel; its focus is helping you get around when you're not in your home city. It's an integration with Gmail that can pull details out of your inbox like hotel, flight and restaurant reservations and group it together in the Uber app. The point, of course, is that you can then schedule rides for each of these events, and Uber will give 10 percent back in Uber Cash when you do.


Is NIO's ET7 A Tesla Killer? Chinese EV Rival Delivers First Luxury Sedans

International Business Times

Tesla rival NIO (NIO) announced on Monday that it had begun deliveries of its flagship EV, the ET7 luxury sedan. In early afternoon trading, the Chinese EV maker's shares jumped over 4.5% on news of the arrival of the ET7 model to the first customers. NIO began deliveries of the electric car, which will compete with Tesla's Model S in the Chinese market, at an event at its Hefei, China, headquarters. It was unclear at the time of writing exactly how many orders NIO has at present for the new ET7 vehicle. US Tiger Securities analyst Bo Pei reported that NIO had over 15,000 orders for the ET7.


Self-driving delivery van tested in California

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A self-driving van designed to deliver groceries to your home has hit the streets of California for the first time.