Now more than ever, it’s become easier for people to get things delivered right to their doorstep. No longer do people have to go grocery shopping, hit up the mall, or even venture to a restaurant for food. It seems that society is loving the luxury of having things delivered right to their doorstep. This industry doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, in fact, it continues to grow. More and more of these “on demand” services are popping up, especially when it comes to food delivery.
Postmates is a relatively new app and website which allows you to order from popular restaurants throughout their city. Someone then picks up the order and delivers it right to your doorstep. You don’t ever have to leave your house. Postmates is trying to compete with other big-name delivery services like UberEats and GrubHub. Sometimes, they struggle. It seems, however, that help is on the way for them.
According to TechCrunch, Postmates is now partnering with Ford to test out a self-driving delivery service. It’s great news for both companies. This delivery service will help Postmates make a name for itself, get deliveries out quicker and easier, and more. There is even talk that brick-and-mortar restaurant locations could benefit from this service too. The platform is set to be launched later this year.
This program will allow Postmates and Ford integrate together to see how everything from user interface to customer experience will play out. The ultimate goal is that a pristine on-demand delivery service stems from this. This won’t be the last partnership between the two. If all goes off without a hitch, there will be more to come. So is this the future of delivery and technology? It definitely seems so. With more self-driving cars being tested it was only a matter of time until the delivery services got in on this. There are still a lot of questions floating around this partnership and many who order delivery wonder how things will change for them. Will there be a price increase? A longer or shorter wait time? It will be interesting to see. In the meantime, Ford will continue to own and operate its own fleet of self-driving vehicles but they will continue these partnerships to see how they can better serve society.