If you are hungry when taking an Uber you now have a solution. Cargo is a startup based in New York that wants to turn ride-share vehicles into portable vending machines. It has announced a partnership with Uber in the United States to distribute its mini vending machines to drivers through Uber’s driver hubs. So passengers will be able to purchase snacks and even accessories like headphones during the ride.
The machine will be strapped to the driver’s armrest and passengers just have to scan the QR code to see what’s inside. Cargo says that nearly 30 percent of the items inside the box are free as they’re paid for by brands for Cargo to distribute. Accessories like headphones and other items will cost a few bucks.
Drivers will get a 20 percent cut of the cost of the item that they sell as well as $1 per transaction even if the passenger only gets the free samples. Cargo will send the drivers refills once they run out of stock.
The boxes are tailored to the drivers’ preferences. Those who mostly drive during mid-day will get granola bars and breath mints while late-night drivers will have sweet and salty snacks to cater to the late night bar crowd.
Cargo boxes are available for drivers in Los Angeles and San Francisco right now. They will be shipping the boxes to drivers in other cities across the country too.