Empower Delivery Getting OOMI’s Ducks in a Row

OOMI, a single-location delivery kitchen in downtown Dallas, has begun using Empower Delivery to optimize its kitchen management in-house delivery program. The software startup was recently spun off of ClusterTruck, and is designed to help delivery-centric operations improve their off-premises economics and reduce delivery times with precisely coordinated in-house drivers.  OOMI’s first location outside downtown …

Drone delivery company Flyby raises $4M, partners with restaurants

Drone delivery company Flyby has raised $4 million and is testing its technology to deliver juice, salads and sushi. The LA-based startup was founded in 2020 by engineers from Yale University, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Anduril, a defense contractor specializing in AI-powered surveillance systems. Flyby plans to use the pre-seed funding to help make …

DoorDash, Wing Start Drone Deliveries in Australia

DoorDash and Wing Aviation are beginning to make drone deliveries via the DoorDash app in Australia this week with a goal of delivering meals and retail goods within 15 minutes. Launching this week, the service will be tested via a pilot program in London, located within the booming South East Queensland region. The partnership is …

Starship partners with Grubhub to bring sidewalk bots to colleges

Autonomous sidewalk delivery robot company Starship Technologies is partnering with food ordering and delivery company Grubhub to provide robotic delivery services on college campuses across the U.S. Today, Starship’s bots deliver through Grubhub at the University of Kentucky, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Wayne State University, Southern Methodist University and Fairfield University, but the companies are working on adding …

Amazon Abandons Last-Mile Delivery Robot; Great News For Uber Eat Drivers

Last-mile delivery drivers (like ones working for Uber Eats) likely breathed a sigh of relief Thursday when they heard Amazon halted pilot tests of its six-wheeled robot “Scout” for home deliveries.  Bloomberg said Scout wouldn’t make any more deliveries as the experimental project to disrupt last-mile deliveries would be wound down due to slowing sales growth.  …

Uber Eats Pens 10-Year Partnership with Nuro for Autonomous Food Deliveries

Uber Eats has signed a decade-long deal with Nuro, an autonomous vehicle company, to offer driverless deliveries in the US. Uber Eats customers will be able to order meals and goods and have them delivered by Nuro’s zero-occupant autonomous delivery vehicles. The vehicles run on public roads and are built specifically to carry food and …

DoorDash will shutter Chowbotics 18 months after acquisition

Dive Brief: DoorDash will shutter Chowbotics, its robotic salad-maker arm, DoorDash confirmed to Restaurant Dive Friday. Chowbotics’ operations will cease on Aug. 31, just 18 months after DoorDash acquired it. The company didn’t disclose how many Chowbotics “Sally” robots are currently in operation.  Closing Chowbotics is part of the company’s innovation cycle and investment strategy, a DoorDash spokesperson …

Uber Eats adds voice ordering, pilots autonomous delivery

As delivery is increasingly becoming more profitable, DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats have stepped up product enhancements and diversified into new segments like grocery, alcohol, convenience stores and retail. At Uber Eats’ Go/Get 2022 event on Monday, the company continued that trend, announcing it is adding pickup ordering at various stadiums, piloting test autonomous delivery, launching voice ordering and expanding …

Delivery bot firm Starship has raised $100M since January

Dive Brief: Starship Technologies, a leader in the robot delivery industry, has raised nearly $100 million since the end of January, the company announced Monday. The company raised $57 million from the European Investment Bank and $42 million in a Series B funding round led by NordicNinja, a Japanese-Nordic venture capital firm, and Taavet+Sten, a venture …

Grubhub and Yandex bring autonomous deliveries to US college campuses

Grubhub is teaming up with Russian tech giant Yandex to deliver food to students and others on US college campuses with the help of autonomous robots. The companies have agreed a multi-year partnership, and the robots will start dropping off orders on select campuses this fall. Grubhub works with more than 250 colleges across the country.https://www.youtube.com/embed/sJk6Fl-4bn0?rel=0 Yandex says its robots can …