Uber Eats uses a drone for deliveries

Uber Eats uses a drone for deliveries

Faster and more efficient deliveries with the drone for Uber Eats: the experiment involved the city of San Diego in California, but it is only the beginning.

Faster and more efficient deliveries thanks to new technologies. This is what was announced at the last Forbes Under 30 meeting in Detroit with the presentation of the Uber Eats drone , a new way to have the dish of your favorite restaurant on your fork. a drone capable of carrying the meal for two peopleWhat is it about? Of a drone , a small radio-controlled aircraft, capable of carrying the meal for two people. It will be equipped with 6 rotors that will allow vertical landings and take-offs and greater stability. It will only be able to fly for eight minutes, including loading and unloading the tasty cargo, and travel for up to 18 miles (just under 29km). So the idea of ​​the platform is to fly the drone from the restaurant to a collection point where the driver will pick up the meal and finally deliver it to the hungry customer’s home. There is also talk of the possibility that these drones will be able to land directly on Uber’s car.

A small change for the moment but the company seems to be the only one wanting to offer this service in the restaurant world. This drone and driver system also avoids the problem of unsafe landings near consumers’ homes and, at the same time, does not replace the work of many Uber drivers . The company has already made some first attempts in San Diego with deliveries from McDonald’s to the nearby university but the bulk of the experimentation will start next summer, again in the Californian city. Why San Diego in particular? Because it is one of two cities chosen by the US Department of Transportation (in addition to Reno, Nevada) to carry out the unmanned aircraft technology verification program.

Of course, the work is still long as far as the world of deliveries with drones is concerned. The  Federal Aviation Administration is giving the first authorizations but there are still problems to be solved such as the management of adverse weather conditions or the ability of the drone to recognize and avoid obstacles in flight, such as birds or electric cables. Yet companies continue to invest. Will this be the future of food delivery and more?

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