Uber Eats Planning Delivery by Drone

(See my other Drone related posts) – I saw an article on food delivery by drone this morning and thought it was timely as the program at the CapMac (the Austin capital area Mac User Group) meeting I attended last night was also about drones.

If you live in San Diego, Uber Eats will be using Uber Elevate drones to deliver food beginning as early as this summer. Speculation is that the operation will begin with McDonald’s food items. Uber Elevate is not planning direct home delivery but will drop off food at designated ‘landing zones’, perhaps on the roof of an Uber Eats vehicle.

The planned service will likely take advantage of Uber Eats drivers to make the ‘final mile’ delivery of food. Uber estimates that by utilizing drones the delivery time can be cut from 21 minutes to 7 minutes on a 1.5-mile delivery. Plan implementation is still awaiting FAA approval.

Uber Eats is not the only drone delivery service that we will likely see in operation this year. Google’s Wing has already received FAA approval and plans to begin operation in Virginia this year as well.

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