Miami Crowd had the chance to meet with D’USSE Cognac’s Cellar Master, Michel Casavecchia, while he was visiting Miami from Cognac, France. D’USSE Cognac is a byproduct of a partnership between Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Bacardi Limited and while Jay-Z leads global strategy for the brand, it is also Michel’s unrelenting commitment to creating D’USSE’s bold, unique flavor that has made the drink a universal sensation. So, we had the opportunity to sit down with Michel and find out exactly how we can “drink like Jay-Z and other VIPs.”
D’USSE is known for its large celebrity fan club that includes A-list names like Kevin Hart, Rihanna, Nick Jonas, Romeo Santos, and Meek Mill and was integrated into every stop of Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s On the Run II tour.
Casavecchia was able to share how to prepare the perfect sidecar using Dusse Cognac.
D’USSE Sidecar Recipe:
2 oz- D’USSE Cognac
1 oz- Grand Marnier
1/2 oz- Fresh Lemon Juice
Garnish: Lemon Peel
Garnish: Sugar Rim
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Rim a chilled coup glass with sugar. Shake and strain. Garnish with a lemon peel.
Chris Noth has acquired majority ownership of Ambhar, an artisan spirit made in small batches from 100 percent blue agave. Noth took part in the launch event at The Setai Miami Beach on Wednesday, September 12. We sat down with Noth to ask him about the new venture. Here’s what he had to say.
How did the collaboration get started?
“It’s really simple. It’s a friend of mine. My friend, Jorge Garcia’s son goes to school with my son in Los Angeles. Jorge is in the industry, but he also has connections to Jaime. He brought it up to me that they may be looking for an ambassador partner and they liked the idea of me. I wasn’t looking for anything like that. They came over to my house and I got to know Jaime and I really really liked him. Then, I tasted the tequila and I really really liked the tequila because it was so heads and tails above most tequila. Most tequila you just put in a margarita, you know? It’s not like something that you would sip like a cognac. Which is what the añejo is like. And then after a long conversation, I said listen, I’m moving around a lot, working. He said I understand. I said I could probably help you out in the capacity that I can. And I trust you, and I love hearing about your passion. I understand that kind of passion. I think the product is amazing. It’s the Tiffany of tequilas. So I said why not, basically. And that’s it.”
Is this unveiling going around the nation, in the form of a tour?
“No, it’s like a sweet 16 party.”
You’ve been to Miami plenty of times?
“Yes, many times. I love Miami. It’s got a great vibe. Tequila, warm air, salt water, and Latin flavor. It just felt right, so that’s why we did it here.”
How do you like to drink Ambhar tequila, on the rocks?
“I don’t really like it on the rocks. I prefer añejo, neat. Maybe with just a slice of lemon from my lemon tree. Añejo is so rich, smoky and delicious, that you don’t want to cut it.”
What else is in your spice garden?
“Well, it’s all legal.”
What’s different about this tequila?
“I notice a lot of people when they take a shot of tequila, they’ll suck on a piece of lime to take the bitter taste out. That’s not what this is. This is like a good bourbon or a good wine, it opens up. It’s meant to be savored and sipped slowed. It’s meant to be sipped in conversation, and it’s a process. It’s not a guzzling drink. It’s a luxury. It has layers of flavor to it. That’s why I joined this, cause’ I love bourbons. There’s now a renaissance of bourbons. Really good bourbons.”
“When I was growing up, my father’s and grandfather’s generations drank Jim Beam, Cutty Sark and Jim Beam, and bourbons that were shit. That has all evolved into some really brilliant, local breweries and the same with beers. The same with this tequila, it’s one of those premier tequilas. It’s sort of a family business and a lot of care is put into it and I respect that. If I want to be involved in something. I don’t want to do it symbolically. I want to be drinking it and I want to like it. So, my basic premise is, I drink it. I like it. I’m on board.”
Chris then asked us. Did you like my poem? You weren’t here? You came late!
He was right. We were running on Miami time.
He explained, “this is when the crowd was there, so I ended it with a toast…with this old bard, which is meant to be sung by the way.”
And then proceeded to recite:
“So, here’s a health to the company and one to my lass
Let’s drink and be merry all out of one glass
Let’s drink and be merry, all grief to refrain
For we may or might never all meet here again
Kind friends and companions, come join me in rhyme
Come lift up your voices in chorus with mine
Let’s drink and be merry, all grief to refrain
For we may or might never all meet here again.” (Gunn, and Bard)
Ambhar tequila comes in Plata, a silver spirit, made from the purest form of agave with salty-sweet aromas and a refreshing, yet soft, taste, Reposado, which comes from premium oak barrels, and Añejo, also aged in premium oak barrels with notes of a smoky aroma. You can find Ambhar in select store across Florida.
Norwegian Cruise Lines has a new ship called the Norwegian Bliss and there are already more than 17,500 posts on Instagram. That’s because the ship has been on tour around the United States. Which states? New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. The ship was officially christened on May 30, 2018, at its summer home in Seattle, Washington. The 168,000-gross-ton ship with a capacity of 4,004 people houses programming that includes the Tony Award® -winning Broadway musical, Jersey Boys, The Cavern Club where you can sing along to your favorite songs from The Beatles live with a talented cover band, and ¡Havana! an original musical theater show created and produced specifically for the ship.
The ship offers more than a dozen specialty dining options. Le Bistro’s decadent atmosphere is the perfect date night spot. The ambiance in the French bistro is a great option for the first night on the ship. Ask to be seated near the window and catch the views, while the ship sets sail. Highlights at Le Bistro include foie gras, tuna tartare, and scallops on a bed of warm hummus. For dessert, try Le Bistro’s Chocolate Fondue for two that brings an array of fruit pieces to dunk into hot chocolate. Le Bistro is located on Deck 17.
At the Q, you can find ribs, chicken or brisket on the menu. The Texas cuisine restaurant also offers live contemporary pop country music each night. A hot item on the dessert menu is the fresh banana pudding served in a mason jar.
For Dessert, visit Coco’s located on deck 6. At Coco’s, you can satisfy your sweet tooth by indulging in an array of crepes, ice cream sundaes, and milkshakes dressed with whipped cream sprinkles, and hard candy.
BARS & LOUNGES
Take a sip around the world without leaving the ship. There are more than eight bars on board. You can take your A game to the A-List bar. The bar is named after CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, Andy Stuart. Once there order the Piña Picasso cocktail made with tequila, Aperol, St. Germain, lemon juice, and garnished with a sliced of pineapple.
If you’re whiskey lover make sure to grab a seat at the Maltings Whiskey Bar. Here, you can choose from the cocktails on tap such as a Blackberry Bourbon Smash with Bulleit bourbon, cranberry, fresh lemon elixir, and blackberries or a Rye & Rum Sour with Jack Daniel’s Rye, Captain Morgan rum, blood orange puree, orange, lemon elixir, and whiskey barrel aged bitters.
The other bars include The District Brew House that offers craft beers, Mixx bar where you can listen to a live piano performance, Sugarcane Mojito Bar with freshly muddled cocktails, the Local offers a laid-back atmosphere with bowling alley action, The Cellars Wine Bar with daily wine seminars, the Cavern Club with a view to the ocean, and more.
ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES
The ship has plenty of options for entertainment and activities including a two-lane bowling alley, a large arcade room, and a room designed for younger ages. Three unique highlights on the ship are the Aqua Park, Laser Tag, and a two-level race track.
At the Aqua Park, you can race on 360 feet side-by-side inner tubes with a see-through section that showcases the striking ocean views. You can also use your racing skills to compete at the two-level electric-car racetrack. The track is the longest at sea with twists and turns at four-speed settings reaching up to 30 miles per hour. You can also test your agility at the open-air laser tag course. The laser tag space station can be visited during both day and night.
The ship returns to Miami this November to sail out for seven-day trips to the Eastern Caribbean. The ship visits St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands Tortola, British Virgin Islands Nassau, and Bahamas ports.
Today, Urban Decay announced the NAKED eyeshadow palette will be laid to rest after eight years. Wende Zomnir and Urban Decay conceived NAKED in 2010. The product made more than $1 billion since 2010.
“It was a big moment in our history. It’s a little painful to leave your past behind, but it’s also essential to always evolve. I will forever miss NAKED, but we plan to turn the grief into even more greatness. Urban Decay will continue to thrive in NAKED’s memory and honor — just wait and see,” says Zomnir, founding partner of Urban Decay.
The brand partnered with beauty influencers Kandee Johnson, Christen Dominique, Katy DeGroot, Shayla Mitchell, and Chrisspy to create a video homage to the palette. The video also features a eulogy by Nicole Richie. “We are gathered here today to honor our dear friend, lover, and confidante. I think we can all remember the first day we met you,” whispers Nicole in the eulogy.
It’s August and there is no better time to add new beauty products to your daily routine. Here’s a list of beauty must-haves to look out for.
Water Lip Stain
Clarin’s Water Lip Stain goes on as a liquid upon application and dries matte. It comes with a brush applicator under the twist off cap to easily maneuver the stain color onto lips. The stain is equipped with organic raspberry water to soothe and soften and aloe vera extract to protect lips from moisture loss.
Water Lip Stain – $28.00, Clarinsusa.com
Eight Hour® Cream All-Over Miracle Oil
To save space in your luggage when traveling this summer, Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil is a 3-in-1 solution. The miracle oil provides 8-12 hours of moisture that you can use for your face, body and hair.
Your Daily Skincare Routine
Implementing a daily skincare routine is important. When you wash your face, you’re removing dirt built up, oil, and impurities. Liz Earle recently launched in the US and provides an entire skincare routine complete with a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. The routing begins with Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser to instantly remove daily grime, pollutants and make up. Followed by the Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic to visibly brighten, smooth and tone. Then you add the Skin Repair™ Moisturizer and complete your routine with Eyebright™ Soothing Eye Lotion to wake up and refresh tired, puffy eyes. It’s like visiting a spa without leaving home.
Liz Earle – Your Daily Skincare Routine – $84.00
An Acne Fighter
Sometimes your skin needs to fight off acne. Addicted Beauty’s Charcoal Peel Off Mask helps do just that. This mask purifies the skin by binding to toxins, dirt and oil and lifting them out of the pores. The charcoal’s texture serves as a light exfoliant that helps achieve a flawless complexion while fighting off the unwanted acne. Peace out acne!
Addicted Beauty – Charcoal Peel Off Mask -$45.00
It’s always fun to add a fragrance to your beauty routine. Robin McGraw’s Georgia Eau de Parfum is just that…fun and sophisticated. It features a fresh and floral scent. The fragrance is inspired by the spirit, love, power, and strength of Robin’s mother. Georgia embodies what it means to be fabulous and fierce.
Image Courtesy of Robin McGraw – $65.00
Skin aging and prolonged sun exposure can sometimes lead to appearance of pigmented spots on your face and neck areas. That’s why it’s highly important to find a SPF that works for you. Most experts recommend reapplying sunscreen every couple hours. But what happens if you already applied SPF under your makeup and you don’t want to mess up your look? Here’s the solution: SUPERGOOP! has a product for that. The brand’s Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50 helps you reapply SPF over your makeup, while controlling natural oils, and evening skin complexion. You can find it at Sephora for $28.00. Whew!
To achieve an awesome glow without exposing your skin to damaging sun rays, then fake it until you make it. Here’s how:
St. Tropez’s Self Tanning Purity Bronzing Water Mousse is a clear water-to-foam formula that you apply with an applicator mitt. The mousse develops into a natural looking, streak-free golden tan that lasts more than 4-8 hours. Best part is that it doesn’t transfer onto your clothing. Apply it, wait until it dries, and GO!
Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse – $42.00
Washing your hands helps you avoid getting sick and spreading germs, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Upgrade your hand wash to the Ritual of Hammam Hand Wash. The liquid soap-free hand soap is made with hydrating, protecting, and refreshing ingredients such as Eucalyptus and Rosemary. A Rituals Shop-in-Shop is opening at Macy’s in Aventura this Friday, August 10.
JOE & THE JUICE is a coffee concept with a cult following of urban trendsetters and creative thinkers. That’s why in January of this year, the brand’s team set out on a search for Miami’s Next Great Artist. The winning artist would have the opportunity to paint an original mural on the JOE & THE JUICE Wynwood storefront and receive a $5,000 cash prize. As part of the competition, entries were submitted on Instagram via the hashtag #artforjuice.
In February, JOE & THE JUICE announced the winner, Miami local artist Jorge-Miguel Rodriguez. Rodriguez won the opportunity to paint the mural design at the Wynwood location and cash in on the grand prize. Rodriguez is no newcomer to the art mural scene. He has completed countless pieces in Miami, Florida.
We caught up with Rodriguez in Wynwood, to ask him about his new collaboration with JOE & THE JUICE.
What made you enter the #artforjuice contest?
I entered the contest because I wanted to collaborate with JOE & THE JUICE. I wanted to create something really cool and exciting for Wynwood. And the new store that’s coming.
Why did you feel that it was important to get in on the action?
I wanted to create something different and unique. I felt that I had a couple ideas, that I thought would go perfectly with their brand and what they want to do. I took their logo and added my style to it. A little bit of My Rodri Flair. And then I created the JOE character, that’s on the wall right now. It was off one sketch and that was it. Once I created that JOE character, it was hook, line, and sinker. I created two. The second one is on the shirt. The other one is on the wall.
Did you want to incorporate some Miami inspiration into the mural?
In a couple of the original designs, yes, there was a lot of the Miami colors. I’m inspired by all the colors that are in Miami. All the bright and vibrant. Whether it’s the neon or Miami Vice kind of style. From there, I took their pink and then I created a gradient to the classic Miami Vice pink, bright magenta. And then I added my line work detailed into it.
What do you want people to take away from the mural you created?
I wanted to create something fun and unique for JOE & THE JUICE. They represent a trendy fun atmosphere. They have such a really cool brand and all the stores look really awesome. I wanted to create something that ties in together with that.
What is your favorite part of the process?
All of it, just seeing the end result from the sketch to the final piece. Seeing it all come together. Through the approval process, the back and forth of the concepts and then stepping back and seeing it in full. There it is.
How long did it take you to complete this mural?
So the mural. I’m a fast painter. I don’t know why. As soon as I touch cans to a wall, I just go in. It took me around two days. Two and a half days. So I started Friday night, just laid out the sketch and then Saturday I put in about twelve hours. Then Sunday, cleaned up the last touches whatever little line works it was missing. Only really stopped to eat obviously, of course, because we kind of need food and because it rained. But that’s really much it, it rained in the morning and then I knocked it all out.
Did you have any other challenges, aside from the rain?
No. It’s typical. It’s not really a challenge. It’s usual. Like it’s raining right now. You just roll with the punches. You know? Put all your stuff away, put it inside and let it pass.
How long have you been painting?
I’ve been painting for about forever ago. Ever since I can remember I was doodling something. Either a wall or crayon books. Yes. Painting. I’ve always been painting. Especially, since about 2010. That’s when I got fully developed into the process and creating it into a profession. But it has always been a passion. It never stops.
Anything and everything. Anyone that approaches me and says “Hey Rodri, I have a cool project.” Or “I think this will look cool here.” I’m always down for it. I never stray away from a project. Unless there are certain things that I feel are maybe a no.
Anything you want to say to Joe & the Juice?
Yes, for sure. I really want to thank JOE & THE JUICE for the amazing opportunity and for allowing me to collaborate with them. For allowing me to work with their brand and create something special and unique for this store.
The Wynwood JOE & THE JUICE located at 3215 NW 2nd Avenue is the fourth store in Miami and marks the 242nd store opening worldwide.
There is a new 6,000 square foot Sephora store in Miami Beach. It’s conveniently located at 818 Lincoln Road. This location offers a surplus of endless beauty options with more than 14,000 products from over 200 brands. One of the brands includes SEPHORA’s own collection of makeup, skincare, tools, and accessories.
Once inside here is what to look for:
NEW PERK Hydrating Facial
Find your way to the skin studio located toward the back of the store. There you’ll find the new 2-in-1 facial service that uses PERK technology to exfoliate, hydrate and nourish your skin instantly. A Sephora Cast Member will provide a personalized skincare service, having you leave with customized product recommendations. Cost? The 30-minute facial is complimentary with a $75 minimum skincare product purchase. You can schedule an appointment in advance or just walk in.
Sephora Virtual ARTIST
The new virtual in-store kiosk allows you to try different looks in 3-D live view. It’s a more enhanced version of the app where you try on thousands of eyeshadow shades, lip colors, and false eyelash styles. It even has a built-in photo booth, you can snap selfies and then send a copy straight to your email inbox or phone via text. Sephora Virtual ARTIST also showcases step-by-step tutorials such as Brows 3-Ways, Contouring, and Highlighting. Where is it located? You can find it mid-store pass the Beauty Studio.
If you think you know your skin, think again. Ask a cast member to measure your skin’s moisture with the Moisture Meter. The exclusive digital tool will accurately display the amount of moisture in your skin which will help you select the appropriate products.
You can also enjoy a complimentary Mini Makeover at the SEPHORA Beauty Studio where a beauty expert will guide you during a one-on-one session. The Mini Makeover includes Smoky Eye, Contour, Polished Brows, Everyday Eye, Essential Eyeliner, Flawless Foundation, Correct + Conceal, Blush + Bronze, Perfect Lips and False Lash Application. Here, you can find your precise foundation match, concealer match and lip colors to best fit your skin tone using the SEPHORA + PANTONE Color IQ.
You’re trying to get from New York to Los Angeles, but for some inexplicable reason, your super-cheap airline ticket has you on a three hour and twelve-minute layover in MIA. It’s 4:16 in the afternoon, and you have two things on your mind: drinks and posting a rad Miami photo/selfie in front of a famous Wynwood backdrop. If you have any experience at all with Miami traffic, you know you’re not going to make it back in time if you don’t have a solid action plan—or you borrow ours. Here are our seven suggestions for some distinctive—and often famous—Wynwood backdrops and the bars, breweries, and coffee shops where you can grab a drink and a snack before Ubering back to the body-scanners.
What am I standing in front of? It’s a colorful mural of a lion’s head.
Why is it cool? Are you f—-ing kidding us? You’re going to look like you’re shooting a flaming lion out of your pores. In some cultures, that would mark you as a god.
What’s the address? NW 2nd Ave and NW 24th St.
Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works for either. Up close it’s cool colors, from afar it’s a lion!
Where am I getting my taco? Coyo Taco right across the street! What am I standing in front of? It’s a circular gate with a collection of lover’s locks.
Why is it cool? This is a physical representation of hundreds of lovers. Grab your bae, engrave and snap a lock, and if you’re daring, throw away the keys!
What’s the address? NW 2nd Ave and NW 26th St.
Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works for either. Up close it’s perfect for expressing your grossness of corny things. With a friend or bae, it’s cute and, well, corny.
Where am I getting my burger? Wood Tavern is right next door! This is a legendary Wynwood bar that has the best tacos, burgers, drinks, indoor/outdoor setting, and music! Bonus: veggie burgers available!
What am I sitting in front of? You’re sitting on an old punch buggy with a beautiful backdrop
Why is it cool? This captures Miami and Wynwood in one shot! This has a tropic backdrop with beautiful colors.
What’s the address? 325 NW 24th St.
Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works best with a friend. You have to take a couple of steps back so you can capture the car, the mural, and the adorable poser.
Where am I getting my beer? You’re literally inside Concrete Beach Brewery bro, just turn around and get some craft beer, silly. They have so many events, games, food vendors, and deliciously brewed beers!
What am I standing in front of? If you don’t know, I have bad news for you: you’re not getting into heaven.
Why is it cool? Who doesn’t love wings? Look at the beautiful photo with #NoFilter. This beauty scored me 107 likes on my own IG, and that’s a big deal for my following. Hey, I’m not on an Instagram model like you, ok?!
What’s the address? NW 5th Ave and 24th St.
Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works with both. This was a selfie, but the wings aren’t fully in the frame because of it. If you want the full picture, have someone take a couple steps further than you can reach.
Where am I getting my new clothes? This whole street is full of fashionable clothing at ridiculous prices. Because you have wandered off the “main” street at this point, prices have calmed down.
What am I standing in front of? These are a bunch of beautifully drawn faces. We love this simple black-and-white style.
Why is it cool? This mural is a little less elaborate, but also more abstract than the usual wall art in the hood. These swirly lines and diva-looking faces make a beautiful backdrop.
What’s the address? NW 2nd Ave and NW 23rd St.
Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works with both. From up front, you might get one pretty lady with you, but from a friend’s angle, you’re among the nymphs.
Where am I getting my new car? Wow, I guess if you have the time and the money, you’re getting the car that’s right inside of the building you’re leaning on. This gallery is called Cars & Guitars—Walt Grace Vintage and they house some of the craziest collections of both you have to see!
What am I sitting in front of? You’re on a comfy couch, with a funky lamp and a fun black & white backdrop.
Why is it cool? This is a great spot for candid photos, group photos and, well, any type of photo. This whole place has these patterns from floor to ceiling on all sides. It’s like walking through a Willy Wonka room.
What’s the address? 2621 NW 2nd Ave.
Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works best with a friend’s help. Selfies work as well, but you’ll lose extra props.
Where am I getting my coffee? Definitely hit up Mister Block for this one. They have daily specials and so many types of drinks. Cuban coffee, American Coffee, matcha lattes and more!
What am I standing in front of? This is painted on a gate, but if you use your imagination, you’re underwater because these little characters are fish.
Why is it cool? I guess you live under a rock but this art is from El Pez. He’s a pretty big deal in the wall art world.
What’s the address? NW 2nd Ave and NW 26th St.
Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works with both. From up front, you might get one pretty fish with you, but from a friend’s angle, you’re among the whole school of them.
Where am I getting my sit-down meal? At this point, you probably need to chill. Head over to the Wynwood Diner and grab yourself something yummy. You deserve it!
You have your phone, your directions, and barely enough time. Get moving and good luck!
Wynwood Walls and Time Lapse Video
Don’t forget about the classics at the Wynwood Walls.
By: Diana Rodriguez,@dmrodrigzz, is a contributing editor with Miami Crowd in Miami, Florida.
Dad. Pops. Papa. Old Man. Call him what you like, but this Sunday make sure you celebrate him in true Miami fashion. We’ve got some spots–from Sunrise to Miami Beach–that he will love. And whether you feel like splurging on dad or not (we think you should) there’s a plan for every budget.
For a $0 Budget
Take dad to CityPlace Doral, where they are hosting a superhero-themed Father’s Day celebration. On Sunday, June 17 from 1PM- 4PM, the main plaza at CityPlace will have arts and crafts booths, hero sightings and even giveaways. Catch the fountain displays dance to the beat of the music, or take the staircase for a movie with the family at CineBistro (not $0 tho).
For the Budget Doesn’t Matter
Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann is inviting you and the grillmaster to an intimate Grilling Masterclass at Faena Miami Beach. From 12PM- 4pM, Chef de Cuisine Cristian Menendez will teach live-fire cooking techniques that you and pops can drool over. Some items on the menu include smoked shrimp, salt-crusted whole red snapper, and the beef tenderloin milanesa.
The experience includes wine pairings and a signed copy of Francis Mallmann’s best-selling cookbook and recipe card. Grilling Masterclass priced at $195 per guest, exclusive of tax and service charge. Tickets available here. For more information, call 786-655-600 or email email@example.com.
If you prefer not to work for your food, then stay for their Father’s Day Asado Brunch priced at $115 for adults (includes bottomless drink specials) and $45 for children (aged 5-12, without the bottomless drinks, duh). And because Faena is lit, all fathers receive a complimentary hand-rolled cigar after feasting on all the meats and seafood.
For the Sigo Pa’Lante Papa
Willy Chirino wants to party it up with you and dad this Sunday at the James L Knight Center. The clock is ticking so get your tickets today. Seats can range from $49 to upwards of $199. The concert starts at 7PM so leave early and catch a bite before the show.
For the Dad that Watches The Voice
He’s probably into Adam Levine and wants to catch Maroon 5 in concert this Sunday. In which case, you will need to make the drive to the BB&T Center in Sunrise. Then expect to put down a couple Benjamins to put a big smile on dad’s face.
Ford Motor Company announced the launch of its first pilot program that will offer self-driving delivery services in the Miami and Miami Beach areas. The next time you order food or coffee from Postmates, you may be surprised that a self-driving vehicle is delivering your items.
How does it work? The restaurant receives your order and prepares the package. The vehicle is dispatched to the restaurant. A restaurant staff member then loads the order into one of the vehicle’s three locker compartments. No worries, your beverages won’t spill because the lockers have two cups holders in each compartment.
The self-driving vehicle then proceeds to either pick up more orders or continues directly to drop off your purchase. Once the vehicle arrives at its destination, you receive a notification with a code to access the locker system and retrieve your order.
“We have a shared vision with Postmates that to help people unlock the best of their cities,” said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president and president of Global Markets. Postmates allows you to purchase items from more than 250,000 merchants across 250 cities.
“When you combine the power and reach of self-driving vehicles with the deep knowledge of the Postmates team, the scale and scope of the expertise we put into action grow exponentially.”
In January 2017, Postmates became the first to test short distanced deliveries through robotic technologies and continues to work on innovates ways to improve services. “Ford’s self-driving technology has the potential to not only make our delivery network faster and more efficient but to ultimately connect more customers to more local businesses,” said Vivek Patel, Vice President of Business Operations at Postmates.
Through this collaboration, Ford and Postmates hope that the Transit Connect self-driving vehicle will help provide insight for new development ideas, mobility solutions, and decrease traffic congestion and emissions.