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Uber to launch stand-alone food delivery service

Uber to launch stand-alone food delivery service

New Zealanders and Australians could eventually get food delivered from any restaurant to their door as ride-sharing service Uber looks to expand into the food service market.

UberEats is currently a lunchtime-only delivery service offered in select cities in the United States, but a new standalone app will let customers make orders throughout the day, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The app is already being tested in Toronto and will launch in 10 cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Paris.

UberEats will tap into Uber’s vast network of drivers in order to complete deliveries.

A customer will make an order from a participating restaurant, Uber will locate drivers who are near the restaurant at the time and see if they want to complete the order and collect a delivery fee.

Drivers will be able to take multiple orders from the same restaurant to increase efficiency.

The benefit of UberEats is that customers can order delivered food from restuarants that haven’t traditionally delivered. The new app is expected to launch by the end of March in the US and will no doubt expand from there.

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