Uber Is Going To Start Drone Delivering Food In San Diego

The future of food delivery is here.

Uber announced it will begin testing food delivery by drone in urban areas, stepping into the food delivery space that is quickly moving towards autonomous deliveries.

The initiative is a joint effort between Uber Eats and Uber Elevate and they will begin testing in San Diego with fast food meals from McDonald's, according to The Washington Post. Bloomberg reported that their plan is to roll out commercial food deliveries in San Diego this summer. 


"We've been working closely with the FAA to ensure that we're meeting requirements and prioritizing safety," Uber Elevate's Luke Fischer, head of flight operations, said a statement released by Uber. "From there, our goal is to expand Uber Eats drone delivery so we can provide more options to more people at the tap of a button. We believe that Uber is uniquely positioned to take on this challenge as we're able to leverage the Uber Eats network of restaurant partners and delivery partners as well as the aviation experience and technology of Uber Elevate."

Uber's plan is to have drones carry a food order to the customer after its ordered. Then a delivery driver will meet the drone at the drop-off location and hand deliver the meal to the customer. Moving forward, Uber said, they'll try to land drones on top of parked cars near the place that the delivery was located. 

As Uber enters the space, other companies like Google and Amazon are starting to explore drone deliveries for food as well. The future of food delivery is quickly becoming a reality. 

"We don't need to get the drone direct to our customers or consumers," Fischer said at an Uber Elevate event. "We just have to get it close enough."


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