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TechnologyUber’s futuristic drone delivery service could launch as early as this summer

07:26  13 june  2019
07:26  13 june  2019 Source:   bgr.com

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Uber’s futuristic drone delivery service could launch as early as this summer© Provided by Penske Media Corporation Uber

It may have seemed like science fiction just a few years ago, but a world filled with package-carrying drones zooming by overhead is right around the corner. Just last week, Amazon announced that its Prime Air delivery service would start delivering packages in just a few months time. And now comes word that Uber is planning to unleash its own fleet of drones in the near future.

Not to be confused with Uber’s flying car initiative, the ridesharing company’s drone strategy in question is a bit more subdued but still ambitious in its own right. Specifically, Uber is currently seeking FAA approval for drones that would be able to help deliver food to customers as part of the company’s Uber Eats program, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

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Uber Eats drone delivery won't materialize as the futuristic door-to-door service you might imagine. Instead, drones will fly to designated pick up areas, where drivers will complete the last leg of the journey. Eventually, drones could land on the roofs of parked delivery cars, guided by QR code.

Uber is gearing up to get into the drone delivery game, and things are set to take off this summer The city then partnered with Uber to test it out, and Uber is working with McDonald' s as an early From there, an Uber courier will pick up the order and deliver it to your door. Some Uber cars may

If all goes according to plan, Uber is hoping to launch a pilot program of food-delivering drones in San Diego sometime this summer. Now to be clear, drones wouldn’t be delivering food directly to customers, but would rather bring deliveries to a pre-determined landing spot where Uber couriers would carry out the final leg of the trip.

Another use-case scenario involves drones actually landing on top of parked Uber cars that would be identifiable via a QR code.

The company is betting that customers will demand drones for the time savings and eventually, price savings. For a delivery 1.5 miles away, ground transportation averages 21 minutes; drones can make the trip in about 7 minutes. Uber ElevateUber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is planning to unveil its own customized drone this year, reaching speeds up to 70 mph.

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Uber has unveiled more details about its plans for Eats delivery via drones . If all goes according to Uber ’ s plan, it will start flying its first drone model before the end of the year. Featuring rotating wings with six rotors, the vehicle can vertically take-off and land, and travel a maximum of eight minutes

Move over, Uber Eats. Uber Elevate plans to deliver food via drone as early as this summer . To start, the service will be available in San Diego, and since Uber has been working closely with McDonalds, it will likely be optimized for things like Big Macs and fries.

As intriguing as this all sounds, it may take some time before this type of drone delivery service becomes commonplace. According to Uber’s Kate Fraser, it might take until 2022 before drone food delivery takes off across a number of markets. Uber’s foray into delivery drones shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. About a year ago, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told attendees at a flying-taxi conference that “we need flying burgers.”

And if you happen to live in San Diego, you might be able to order one sooner rather than later.

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