Uber Elevate plans to deliver Big Macs by drone this summer

Galtero Lara
Junio 13, 2019

The company's Uber Eats platform is working with the fast food restaurant in San Diego to see how drones could be used to improve deliveries in high-density urban areas, after it was granted permission by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to quick start tests.

Here's how Uber says the system will work: After a restaurant loads the meal into the drone and the drone takes off, a system will notify a nearby Uber Eats delivery partner to meet the drone at a drop-off location.

Uber said it had developed a proprietary airspace management system called Elevate Cloud Systems that will guide the drones to their location.

Unlike other drone delivery services, Uber isn't planning to initially deliver the orders directly to customers' homes.

Initial testing in San Diego was done with McDonald's, and will be expanded to include additional Uber Eats restaurants later this year.

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"We believe that Uber is uniquely positioned to take on this challenge as we're able to leverage the Uber Eats network of restaurant partners and delivery partners as well as the aviation experience and technology of Uber Elevate".

The drone service is part of Uber's move to the skies as it seeks to develop an aerial ride-sharing network tied in with its smartphone app to help people avoid traffic congestion on the ground.

Separately, Uber unveiled its newest self-driving vehicle produced by Volvo Cars. The vehicles are equipped with sensors and now being tested with humans supervising from the driving seat.

Uber's self-driving cars are being "bullied" by people who want to "test their boundaries", the company has said.

The project will also allow Volvo to use a similar autonomous base vehicle concept for its future autonomous drive cars from 2020.

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