Uber to test delivery of meals by drone
Uber is going to test the delivery of meals by drones, the company announced on Wednesday during its 2019 summit in Washington. The first meals will be delivered in the region of San Diego, southern California.
“We have a unique position for this challenge,” explained Luke Fischer, one of the people responsible for Uber Elevate. “We have a network of restaurants at our disposal, and we have the experience and technology of flying.”
For the time being, the drones will not deliver cheeseburgers or sushi directly to the client. They will drop them in a secured zone, where a driver of Uber Eats will pick them up and bring them to the client. In the future, the drones will land on parked cars to come as close as possible to the client.
Uber has developed a control system, called Elevate Cloud Systems, to guide the drones. The company has organized the first test with McDonald’s, but the company hopes to extend the trial before the end of the year with other restaurants.