Uber to launch new food delivery service
Uber users will be able to hail a takeaway as well as a taxi as the company introduces its food delivery service to the UK.
The taxi app firm is launching UberEATS in central London, allowing users to have food delivered from nearby restaurants within 30 minutes via a dedicated app and website.
The capital is the second city in Europe to have access to the app, which uses the same tracking features and cashless technology as the original Uber to allow users to choose from the menus of an initial 150 restaurants in central London for delivery by bicycle and scooter messengers between 11am and 11pm.
The app shows an average of around 20 participating restaurants in the immediate area, their menus and photos of meals, and users can enter any special instructions or allergy notes.
Restaurants include The Good Life Eatery, Hotbox, Chilango, Pho, Comptoir Libanais and the frozen yoghurt cafe Snog.
Uber has promised deliveries will be with customers within 30 minutes of the order, or the next delivery is free up to a cost of £20 - but it is only committing to this for the first month.
The delivery fee will be between £2 and £2.50 after an initial month-long free period, and there is no minimum price of an order. Uber said it would be expanding the delivery area and choice of restaurants.