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Postmates reveals its cute, automated delivery robot

Mashable

Serve is Postmates' new automated delivery robot, developed to help make the company's on-demand deliveries more efficient. SEE ALSO: Is the face-swapping robot with multiple'personalities' cool or just plain creepy? It'll ride along sidewalks and can carry up to 50 lbs, traveling 25 miles on a single charge. There's dynamic lighting in the eyes and a light ring up top to indicate movement, while customers can interact with Serve using a touchscreen and cameras mounted on top of the robot. Serve will launch first in the Los Angeles area, and will gradually rollout to the other U.S. cities its over the next 12 months.


Postmates unveils its adorable autonomous delivery robot

Engadget

Postmates has revealed a cute autonomous delivery robot called Serve, which seems to take a design cue or two from Wall-E, with its big eyes and yellow finish. While the company has tested third-party autonomous delivery options in the past, it decided to build Serve from the ground up. When Serve shows up at your front door or office, you'll use your phone or a code to unlock the compartment and retrieve your items. The robot can carry up to 50 pounds of goods and can travel up to 30 miles on a single charge. Postmates also plans to collect items with Serve (especially in busy areas) and return them to its delivery hubs so delivery drivers can bring them to you.


Walmart teams up with Ford and Postmates to design driverless delivery service

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Ford Motor Co, Walmart Inc and delivery service Postmates Inc will collaborate to design a service for delivering groceries and other goods to Walmart customers that could someday use autonomous vehicles, the companies said on Wednesday. The project is the latest to grow out of Ford s broader effort to develop businesses that could use automated delivery vehicles. Ford was working with San Francisco-based Postmates already to develop delivery services that could employ automated vehicles. The Walmart pilot, which will take place in the Miami area, initially will use human-driven vehicles operated to simulate how a self-driving vehicle would behave, Ford said. Ford Motor Co, Walmart Inc and delivery service Postmates Inc will collaborate to design a service for delivering groceries and other goods to Walmart customers that could someday use autonomous vehicles, the companies said on Wednesday.


Uber is reportedly trying to buy Postmates

Engadget

Uber might have missed its chance to buy Grubhub, but it might not go away empty-handed. New York Times sources claim Uber has made an offer to buy Postmates. The talks are still in progress and aren't guaranteed to lead to a union, but negotiations are reportedly close enough that a deal could be ready as soon as Monday night. We've reached out to Uber for comment. Postmates declined to comment to Engadget on the rumor. It's no secret as to why Uber might want to buy Postmates.


Uber Buys Food-Delivery Service Postmates For Over $2.6 Billion In Stock

International Business Times

Rideshare giant Uber said Monday it has purchased food-delivery service Postmates for more than $2.6 billion in stock. "Uber and Postmates have long shared a belief that platforms like ours can power much more than just food delivery -- they can be a hugely important part of local commerce and communities, all the more important during crises like COVID-19," Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a press release. "As more people and more restaurants have come to use our services, Q2 bookings on Uber Eats are up more than 100 percent year on year. We're thrilled to welcome Postmates to the Uber family as we innovate together to deliver better experiences for consumers, delivery people and merchants across the country." Uber made a run at buying GrubHub in June as it looked to secure a stronger hold in the food-delivery service space.