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Serve Robotics, an autonomous sidewalk delivery company, has announced the closing of a $13 million expanded seed funding round, with participation from strategic investors Uber Technologies, Inc.; Delivery Hero backed DX Ventures, and 7-Eleven Inc.’s corporate venture arm, 7-Ventures, LLC. The capital will be used to accelerate the company’s path to commercial scale, driving its fleet expansion, geographic growth, and continued product development.

Founded in 2017 as the robotics division of Postmates, Serve is now an independent company on a mission to make delivery more affordable, sustainable and accessible for everyone.

The company’s self-driving robots have completed tens of thousands of contactless deliveries in major U.S. cities.

In November, 2021, the company announced a partnership with Uber Technologies, Inc. The on-demand robotic delivery service will be available to Uber Eats customers starting in Los Angeles early next year.

Dr. Ali Kashani, Co-founder and CEO of Serve Robotics, says: “Serve Robotics is pleased to have the backing of strong strategic partners able to support our intention to provide sustainable, self-driving delivery at scale. This initial round of financial and strategic support will allow us to continue advancing our technology, growing our team, and expanding our partnership platform.”

Sarfraz Maredia, Vice President and Head of Uber Eats in North America, adds: “Uber and Serve share a commitment to convenience and reliability. As a Serve investor, we’re excited to help shape self-driving delivery technology that can meet changing consumer and merchant needs.”

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