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Uber Eats starts testing of food delivery via drones

USA: Uber Eats has announced that it will soon start testing of the first commercial use of drone food delivery in the highly populated urban areas.

In 2018, Federal Aviation Administration as part of its Integration Pilot Program (IPP) granted Uber and San Diego the winning bid to test the commercial application of drones for food delivery in order to showcase the future of food deliveries.

By amalgamating ground-breaking technology from Uber Elevate along with the network of Uber Eats and logistical know-how, from deliveries through drones will not only increase food options for the customers but also reduce the delivery time. This service is driven by Elevate Cloud Systems, a new, proprietary airspace management system that records and guides all drone flights from take-off to flying and land independently.  

Once the meal is put on the drone and the drone takes off, Elevate Cloud Systems will send a notification to the Uber Eats delivery partner to meet the drone at the drop location. This is done so that all orders are picked up and hand-delivered to the customer.

Luke Fischer, Head, Flight Operations, Uber Elevate told Travel Daily Media, “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.”