Recently, Uber brought its Uber Eats app’s functionalities within the main app to increase the number of users of the service. Interestingly, the company might be working on delivering food via drone as it announced partnership with McDonalds.
In case you didn’t know, the Federal Aviation Administration has recently approved Uber Eats to test commercial food delivery drone in California. Previously the company completed its test delivery at San Diego State University thanks to its partnership with McDonalds. Thanks to the latest approval, it will be able to test the service in outside areas.
However, food delivery via will not be completely automated as the service might suggest. In case Uber decides to use the service to deliver food, workers will need to pack food and the drones will carry them to a designated location. From there, a driver will pick up the food to deliver in your home.
While we will have to wait to find out how the testing phase goes, in a recent statement Luke Fischer, Uber Elevate Head of Flight Operations stated, “We’ve been working closely with the FAA to ensure that we’re meeting requirements and prioritizing safety… From there, our goal is to expand Uber Eats drone delivery so we can provide more options to more people at the tap of a button. 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.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about a company’s plans to introduce drone delivery in near future. Recently, Amazon received a full approval which means the retailer will start similar services in the coming months. At the moment however, we will have to wait to find out more as Amazon successfully completed several test deliveries outside of the United States.