General Motors’ subsidiary Cruise Automation, which makes technology for self-driving cars, has teamed up with food delivery company DoorDash to test out driverless deliveries.
During the tests, there will a be a “safety driver” in the automated Chevrolet Bolt EV, but that person will be there only to take over in the event of an emergency. The car will mostly drive on its own. The test program will take place within San Francisco, where Cruise is based.
Ford has also been testing so-called driverless deliveries in partnership with Domino’s Pizza and online food delivery company Postmates in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Miami. But, in Ford’s case, the cars are driven by humans and only look like driverless vehicles. In Ford’s tests, the drivers are instructed not to interact with customers. The purpose of those tests is to see how customers respond to deliveries when there is no delivery person involved.