DoorDash, GM Cruise start autonomous auto tests in March

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Cruise LLC, General Motors Co.'s $14 billion autonomous vehicle unit, is joining with food delivery startup DoorDash Inc.to explore a new use case for its self-driving cars. The test will begin in March, according to DoorDash, which plans to use these autonomous deliveries to gather data on the new method. DoorDash CEO Tony Xu said the companies would "evaluate and develop safety, operational, and other learnings" in the pilot. "Then, the customer will be notified when the autonomous vehicle is approaching the customer address".

The customer will receive a notification when the autonomous delivery vehicle nears their drop-off destination, but it's unclear whether DoorDash intends the customer to go out and retrieve their food from the vehicle.

Kroger recently started unmanned deliveries of groceries in Scottsdale, Ariz., in partnership with Nuro and its self-driving vehicles. The test will involve Cruise self-driving cars, which it has been testing in San Francisco for the past three years. Orders will be processed through DoorDash's delivery network, which includes 90 of the top 100 restaurant brands in the US along with countless smaller partners.

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"Delivery is a significant opportunity for Cruise as we prepare to commercialize our autonomous vehicle technology and transform transportation", said Cruise CEO Dan Ammann.

DoorDash is a technology company that connects customers with their favorite local and national businesses in 3,000 cities across the United States and Canada. Cruise was founded in 2013 by Kyle Vogt and Dan Kan.

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