Next in line in the list of companies who want to take over the world is Uber. They’ve already taken the transportation world by storm with their ride-sharing and now bus service, teamed up with Facebook, are planning on replacing travel agents and now want to deliver your food.
A company spokesperson confirmed that Uber will be launching a food delivery service in 10 cities including LA, Chicago, NYC and Austin. UberEats will be the first standalone app since the launch of the standard Uber app and it will be available for download in the App Store and Google Play store by the end of March. It should be noted that this isn’t a new feature, though. They launched UberEats in LA back in 2014 and have since added cities like Toronto, Barcelona and the ones mentioned above.
The way it works is pretty simple. Uber partners up with a few restaurants in each city and uses their drivers to deliver the food. You can even track the progress of your eats on your smartphone. Drivers are also able to choose whether or not they want to be UberEats drivers and, if they choose to do so, will pocked $5 for every order they deliver. Naturally, this poses a huge threat to services GrubHub, DoorDash and OrderUp.
There are a lot of food-delivery startups, so it might seem like a bad move to get in on a crowded market… but this is Uber we’re talking about here. They’ve a massive following and have developed a reputation for being pretty damn quick. What’s more, Cowen analysts say that UberEats could snag up to 50 percent of the food delivery’s industry growth in the 2015 fiscal year. Even if this doesn’t catch on it is important. Successful business wind up exploring other verticals, and that’s exactly what Uber are doing.