Companies launching pilot program to test new ways of improving urban delivery
Today, Marble -- the maker of autonomous ground-delivery robots -- is announcing a partnership with DoorDash -- an on-demand delivery platform operating in more than 500 cities nationwide -- to begin testing deliveries under a pilot program in the San Francisco Bay Area. Under the pilot program, DoorDash will be using Marble's robots to deliver customer orders in select neighborhoods.
The pilot program will allow Marble and DoorDash to explore how to best optimize last-mile deliveries in a variety of Bay Area neighborhoods and with the diverse businesses currently on the DoorDash platform. Beginning today, select DoorDash customers may be assigned one of Marble's friendly neighborhood robots to deliver their order.
"Marble has quickly established itself as an innovative thinker in the autonomous delivery space," said Stanley Tang, co-founder and Chief Product Officer at DoorDash. "This partnership expands upon our existing tests of new types of delivery technology, including robots, drones and electric bikes. We're excited to begin working with Marble to make deliveries faster, easier, and more efficient."
To celebrate the Marble-DoorDash partnership and initial pilot program, the companies partnered with restaurant chain Jack in the Box in early August to test out a delivery in the North Beach neighborhood and showcase the partnership. This delivery demo expands upon the ongoing relationship between Jack in the Box and DoorDash, which recently increased Jack in the Box's delivery options to more than 830 restaurants across 229 US cities. To learn more about the delivery and see the custom Marble Robot in action, go here.
Marble is a San Francisco-based startup seeking to re-engineer urban logistics by utilizing autonomous robots for neighborhood delivery. The company was founded in 2015. For more information, please visit http://www.marble.io/.
DoorDash is a technology company that connects customers with their favorite local and national businesses in more than 500 cities across the United States and Canada. Founded in the summer of 2013, DoorDash empowers merchants to grow their businesses by offering on-demand delivery, data-driven insights, and better in-store efficiency, providing delightful experiences from door to door. By building the last mile delivery infrastructure for local cities, DoorDash is bringing communities closer, one doorstep at a time. Read more on the DoorDash blog or at http://www.doordash.com.