Uber is officially starting Uber Eats food deliveries by drone as part of a limited trial in San Diego this summer, according to Bloomberg. Uber’s drone-focused subsidiary Uber Elevate showed off a four-foot-long drone that holds its fast food payload close to its underbelly.
“We don’t need to get drones direct to our customer, we just have to get it close,” Luke Fischer, Uber Elevate’s head of flight operations, said during a Wednesday conference in DC, according to Forbes.
The drones will reportedly land on designated landing pads where couriers will pick them up to cover the last mile. Uber is also experimenting with landing the drones on parked Uber cars.
For the time being, Uber partnered with McDonald’s but operations will expand to other food joints as well, Forbes reports.
Uber is eyeing San Diego for testing drone deliveries because of the calm and sunny weather. But more importantly, the Federal Aviation Association chose San Diego as one of ten locations to test commercial drones as part of the federal unmanned aircraft system Integration Pilot Program.
“What’s convinced me on drone delivery is to see how Uber Eats has grown,” Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate, told Bloomberg. “Our customers want selection, quality, and efficiency — all areas that improve with drone delivery.”
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