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General Motors’ self-driving vehicle unit is planning to provide food delivery services through autonomous vehicle technology as the automaker continues taking grief for laying off thousands of workers.
Cruise and DoorDash’s program is scheduled to start in March and will include meals from restaurants, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The companies will also explore linking up with grocery deliveries for certain stores already working with DoorDash.
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GM, Alphabet’s Waymo, and Ford are betting that replacing drivers will substantially reduce the cost of taxi or delivery service, once the technology is demonstrated to be safe, and the gear for such technology becomes less pricey.
GM’s Cruise has plans to offer an Uber-like robot taxi service in an undisclosed city sometime in 2019. Cruise launched an app in 2017 for its employees there to hail rides in self-driving cars with a safety driver behind the wheel.
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Ford recently ran a simulated autonomous delivery service for flowers, dry cleaning and other services with small businesses in Miami. The Detroit-based company is also considering leaping headlong into the pizza delivery business.
TheWSJ’s report comes after GM announced in November 2018 that it will cut roughly 14,000 people in North America and will idle factories in Michigan,...
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