Robotaxis Redeployed To Deliver Groceries To Customers

Companies are finding other uses for self-driving cars during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The autonomous driving company just announced it’s starting a contactless, last-mile delivery service with ecommerce platform company Yamibuy.

“The delivery service will be fully autonomous from point to point,” a spokesman for told me. “The final action of delivery will require consumers to come and pick up, or the operator will drop off at the doorstep. We ensure the whole process is contactless.”

As is typical in autonomous vehicle trials, the self-driving vehicle will have a backup safety driver.

Products from Los Angeles-based Yamibuy will be delivered in the vehicles through mid-summer to help address the swell in demand due to COVID-19. started a public facing robotaxi service in California and has been operating it in Irvine since November 2019.

This will be the first time uses its robotaxi service for goods delivery.

In these times, companies are starting to find practical uses for autonomous vehicles.

2 comments about "Robotaxis Redeployed To Deliver Groceries To Customers".
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  1. R MARK REASBECK from www.USAonly.US , April 20, 2020 at 3:53 p.m.

    Doesn't the on-board safety driver disqualify and defeat the purpose of "self driving"?
    jus' sayin'

  2. Chuck Martin from Chuck Martin replied, April 20, 2020 at 4:53 p.m.

    Yes, kind of the rules of the road in autonomous vehicles, Mark.

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