Uber has launched an experimental on-demand service that it is rolling out first to customers in the Washington, D.C., area where it will offer to pick up and deliver products on demand in addition to its traditional transportation service.
Called “Corner Store,” the service enable users to request more than 100 items from its app. It launched Tuesday (Aug. 19).
To use the service, customers toggle to the Corner Store option, set their delivery location within the coverage area and confirm their address. If a driver is available, Uber will shoot them a text message with a link to the items available for purchase.
The driver will get the order a few minutes before arriving, according to Uber’s blog post. Upon arrival, customers meet the driver outside and confirm their order. The test is a limited time only experiment, “but the more you love it, the more likely it will last,” Uber said.
Uber has been branching out lately. Earlier this week, it began testing a moving service for college students in Atlanta and Nashville. The service is partnering with Bellhops—a real moving service—and is offering professional moving services for those students.