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Tech & Science Uber Eats' delivery drone is a VTOL speedster

14:05  29 october  2019
14:05  29 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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An unmanned aerial system capable of vertical take - off and landing might transport your Uber Eats orders in the future. The ride-hailing company, which has been expanding its repertoire recently, has unveiled a new design for its food delivery drone at the Forbes 30 under 30 Summit.

Uber Eats is an on-demand food delivery app that allows Uber users to order food from local restaurants and have it delivered to their location. Uber Eats delivery drivers are independent contractors who pick up and drop off food orders, similar to driving for Postmates and DoorDash.

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An unmanned aerial system capable of vertical take-off and landing might transport your Uber Eats orders in the future. The ride-hailing company, which has been expanding its repertoire recently, has unveiled a new design for its food delivery drone at the Forbes 30 under 30 Summit. Uber's drone design has rotating wings with six rotors "for increased speed and efficiency" and can carry meals for up to two people. Its battery can only last for around eight minutes, including loading and unloading, and it only has a range of 12 miles for a roundtrip delivery -- but that's OK, because Uber expects to use it for just a part of the process.

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Uber is gearing up to start testing drone delivery for Uber Eats in dense urban environments. This comes after the Federal Aviation Administration awarded Eats is a very important business for Uber — one that is growing more than its core ride-hailing platform. In Q1 2019, Eats saw gross bookings

Uber has released new details as well as an image of its Uber Eats delivery drone . The company unveiled the new design at this year's Forbes 30 under 30 The unmanned food carrier is a six-rotor Vertical Take Off and Landing ( VTOL ) drone that is designed to deliver a meal for two people and

LISBON, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 05: Uber Eats driver stops at a red street light on October 05, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. The free, standalone Uber Eats app allows customers to order meals and Uber Eats drivers to deliver food from affiliated local eateries. Food prices are set by the participating restaurants and Uber Eats adds a booking fee based primarily on the distance between the eatery and the customer. (Photo by Horacio Villalobos - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images) © 2018 Horacio Villalobos - Corbis LISBON, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 05: Uber Eats driver stops at a red street light on October 05, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. The free, standalone Uber Eats app allows customers to order meals and Uber Eats drivers to deliver food from affiliated local eateries. Food prices are set by the participating restaurants and Uber Eats adds a booking fee based primarily on the distance between the eatery and the customer. (Photo by Horacio Villalobos - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

The drone won't be landing on your yard with your food in tow. After a restaurant loads the machine with your order, it'll fly to a drop-off point where an Uber driver will be taking over the delivery process. Uber's Elevate Cloud Systems, its airspace management system, will be tracking the drone and notifying the driver when the order is ready and where to pick it up. So, you'll still be dealing with a delivery personnel -- you may just get your meals faster than before.

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Uber is revving up to test its new drone delivery service for Uber Eats in San Diego in 2020. Rotating wings is a feature more commonly seen in flying car prototypes and rarely in drones . Uber explains that the rotors are positioned vertically for takeoff and landing , but can then rotate into the

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An Uber Eats car and drone is on exhibit at the Uber Elevate Summit 2019 in Washington, DC June 12, 2019. - Uber said Wednesday it plans to speed up restaurant meal delivery by using drones for its Uber Eats service. For logistical reasons, the drones will not deliver directly to customers, but to a safe drop-off location where an Uber Eats driver will complete the order. In the future, Uber hopes to land the drones on parked vehicles located near each delivery location to allow the final delivery by hand. Uber said it had developed a proprietary airspace management system called Elevate Cloud Systems that will guide the drones to their location. (Photo by EVA HAMBACH / AFP)        (Photo credit should read EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images) An Uber Eats car and drone is on exhibit at the Uber Elevate Summit 2019 in Washington, DC June 12, 2019. - Uber said Wednesday it plans to speed up restaurant meal delivery by using drones for its Uber Eats service. For logistical reasons, the drones will not deliver directly to customers, but to a safe drop-off location where an Uber Eats driver will complete the order. In the future, Uber hopes to land the drones on parked vehicles located near each delivery location to allow the final delivery by hand. Uber said it had developed a proprietary airspace management system called Elevate Cloud Systems that will guide the drones to their location. (Photo by EVA HAMBACH / AFP) (Photo credit should read EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)

Back in 2018, company chief Dara Khosrowshahi talked about the possibility of starting a drone-based food delivery service by 2021. Uber might beat that timeline if all goes well, though: it's planning to start drone deliveries in San Diego, where is has already made a few test deliveries in partnership with McDonald's, in the summer of 2020.

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Here's the drone design Uber Eats will use to deliver food. It has also considered landing drones on the roofs of delivery cars For Uber , it’s part of a larger Elevate division, which is working on new air transportation networks, from helicopters to electric VTOL ( vertical takeoff and landing ) planes.

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