General Motors’ self-driving unit, Cruise, has partnered with food delivery service DoorDash to pilot autonomous food deliveries.
The estimated partnership will test meal and grocery deliveries in March, with initial focus in the San Francisco area, the companies said on Thursday.
“Delivery is a significant opportunity for Cruise as we prepare to commercialize our autonomous vehicle technology and transform transportation,” Cruise CEO Dan Ammann said in a statement. “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.”
A DoorDash spokesperson told Automotive News that the initial focus for the program, also referred to as the “runner system,” is to move orders from the merchant to the autonomous vehicles. Customers will then receive a notification when the self-driving vehicle is near the customer address.
Cruise, which last year attracted investments from the SoftBank Vision Fund of Japan and Honda Motor Co., has a valuation of about $14.6 billion. Ammann officially became CEO of Cruise this week after leaving his post as president of GM. Mark Reuss on Thursday was named GM’s new president.