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

07:26  13 june  2019
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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.

According to Uber , its drone delivery venture (called Uber Elevate) could launch as soon as 2021. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the transportation company announced the three-year deadline in a job advert on its website this week. In the advert, the company calls for an operations executive that

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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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.

Your next Uber Eats delivery could arrive via drone . The ride-hailing service said Wednesday it plans to begin testing Huawei is developing a self-driving car to launch as early While not the first food drone delivery service , Uber is aiming for a potentially large-scale service through its food service

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 says drones can make deliveries three times faster than bikes or cars. Uber has been working with McDonald’ s as an early partner, designing special delivery packages that keep burgers and fries hot and intact It wants to perform test flights of the taxis in 2020, with a commercial launch in 2023.

Ridehailing giant Uber plans to begin delivering food and other goods via drone to San Diego customers this summer , it announced. The next time you order pad thai from your go-to neighborhood joint, a drone might handle delivery duties. Uber announced this morning that it

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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