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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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It may have seemed like science fiction just a few years ago, but a world filled with package-carrying drones zooming by

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

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 is gearing up to start testing drone delivery for Uber Eats in dense urban environments. Behind the scenes, Uber ’ s Elevate Cloud Systems will track and guide the drone , as well as notify an “From there, our goal is to expand Uber Eats drone delivery so we can provide more options to

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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