Uber has launched a same-day, no-contact package delivery service in Phoenix and a dozen other U.S. cities Monday, the ride-sharing company announced.
Uber Connect gives customers the ability of sending items to friends, family or colleagues in town.
The company suggested using the service to safely share things like care packages, toilet paper or board games while observing stay-at-home restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak.
Transportation providers such as Uber and Lyft were deemed essential businesses in Arizona under Gov. Doug Ducey’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” order that went into effect March 31.
The new option can be accessed in the vehicle selection scroller of the Uber app.
Packages must weigh less than 30 pounds, be worth less than $100 and fit into the trunk of a midsize vehicle.
The person who orders the service will be asked to load the package into the vehicle, and the recipient will meet the driver outside to take it out of the trunk.
Alcohol, medications and firearms are among items prohibited from the service.
Phoenix is one of 13 cities in the initial U.S. rollout. The program is available in more than 25 cities worldwide, including in Mexico and Australia.
Austin, Baltimore-Maryland, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Orlando, San Antonio, Tampa Bay and Washington, D.C., are also part of the U.S. launch.
Click here to learn more about Uber Connect.