Taxi booking app Uber has extended the trial of its delivery service, Uber Essentials, which promises to deliver 'the everyday items you need in 10 minutes or less'.
The pilot begin in Washington DC during the summer, initially under the name of 'Corner Store'. It looked like a short-term trial, but four months later, it is still running – and will continue for an as-yet unspecified period.
Uber users in the DC area can choose from a selection of toiletries, medicines, snacks – and everything else you'd expect to find in a convenience store, all within the app. These items will then be delivered by existing Uber drivers – whom users can rate just as they would for a taxi ride – and the balance will be charged to the credit or debit card they have stored in the app.
Essentials is initially available on iOS, with an Android version promised in the next few days. To encourage take-up of the service, Uber is offering the first order for free, up to a value of $20, and a free package of Dunkin’ Donuts ground coffee with every order.