On-demand Food delivery systems all around the world, are planning ahead to bring automated food delivery systems in the market. Where Postmates has successfully acquired the permit to test their delivery robots, there, DoorDash, the trusted on-delivery food delivery app, has also stepped ahead in the field of automation. According to the news updates, the company has managed to acquire Scotty Labs, a startup working on autonomous & remote-controlled vehicle tech.
This announcement was released by Scotty Labs CEO, Tobenna Arodiogbu on the Medium channel. This announcement stated the “core belief” of the company in the future of the remote assistance along with the news of them working under DoorDash.
In the news posted by Techcrunch on the same, they have speculated that this acquisition of the Scotty Labs by DoorDash was a step towards reducing the reliance of the company on the human drivers.
Before this, the DoorDash has been continuously working on bringing the automated delivery systems in the company. In 2017, they partnered up with the Starship Technologies to test the semi-autonomous robot for food delivery. The journey did not stop there, early this year, there was an update mentioning them working with GM working on the autonomous vehicles for food delivery in San Francisco.
If you have been following DoorDash updates, you must have heard of them being criticized over their treatment of workers, especially delivery drivers. The company was in the news for quite some time when the news was leaked that they were using customer tips to pay the wages of the employee rather than adding them on to the base salary of the drivers. It was then when they promised to stop the practice and have not yet lived up to their promise.
After all that we believe this step seems like another step to nullify their dependency on the human delivery staff. Doordash, the on-demand food delivery app seems all heated up this year. Acquisition of the Scotty Labs is the second purchase of the company this year. Earlier they announced that they have acquired Square’s food delivery platform, Caviar paying $410 million reflecting their intention to compete hard in the growing food delivery industry in the US.