In December 2020, Uber officially acquired Postmates for $ 2.65 billion. A major acquisition that should enable the company Strengthening its position in the growing autonomous robotics sector. Today Uber is turning that simple division into an independent company called Serve Robotics. A total change of strategy.
Serve Robotics starts with 60 employees
This brand new company even raised funds for its launch. Serve Robotics, named after the autonomous delivery robot developed and piloted by Postmates, has collected donations from several companies and personalities. Among the latter we can find: Neo, Uber, Lee Jacobs or Cyan Banisters Long Journey Ventures, Western Technology Investment, Scott Banister, Farhad Mohit and even the co-founders of Postmates, Bastian Lehmann and Sean Plaice.
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It is Ali Kashani, the former director of Postmates, who is taking over the running of this new company. Among the senior executives at Serve Robotics we find: Dmitry Demeshchuk, a renowned engineer, and MJ Chun, who is in charge of product strategy at Serve Robotics. The Company will be able to count on approximately sixty employees to begin its work. The company is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Los Angeles and Vancouver.
Ali Kashani, the new CEO of Serve Robotics, said: “While self-driving cars are doing away with the role of the driver, autonomous delivery robots are doing away with the role of the car itself. We want to make delivery sustainable, ecological and accessible to everyone. Over the next two decades, new mobility robots will enter all aspects of our lives. First of all, they enable the transport of food. “.
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It was in 2017 that Kashani started to ask the question of autonomous delivery. He was particularly surprised at one question: “Why move burritos weighing a few grams with cars weighing several tons?” “”. It was in 2018 that The very first Postmates robot has appeared. His little name? To serve …
In the summer of 2019, a second generation of Serve landed with more powerful LIDAR sensors. With the creation of Serve Robotics, Uber wants to give itself the means to go much further. Serve Robotics will continue its delivery activities in Los Angeles. The company plans Intensification of his research and development activities in San Francisco.
Starting an independent business should also allow Uber to breathe and do whatever it takes to promote profitability. A few months ago, Uber phased out its self-driving auto division by selling it to Aurora. Shaken by various crises, the ATG department (Advanced Technologies Group) will not have been finite as a huge financial abyss that the Californian company preferred to exonerate itself from.