Uber is gearing up to start examining drone shipment for Uber Eats in dense city settings. This follows the Federal Air travel Management granted Uber and San Diego, Calif. the right to examine commercial food shipment using drone. This comes quickly after Amazon.com announced it would start drone shipments “within months.”
Uber completed the initial phase of screening at San Diego State College in partnership with McDonald’s. Later on this year, Uber prepares to include others Eats dining establishment partners.
But Uber isn’t utilizing drones for the complete delivery, just a part of it. Once a consumer orders food, the dining establishment will prepare the meal and after that fill it onto a drone. That drone will certainly then remove, fly as well as land at a pre-determined drop-off area. Behind the scenes, Uber’s Elevate Cloud Systems will certainly track and also assist the drone, as well as notify an Eats delivery driver when as well as where to get their food. Later on, Uber imagines landing the drones in addition to parked Uber cars located near the delivery places. From there, the Eats delivery vehicle driver will certainly complete the last mile to hand-deliver the food to the customer.
“We’ve been working closely with the FAA to ensure that we’re meeting requirements and prioritizing safety,” Uber Elevate Head of Flight Operations Luke Fischer said in a statement. “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.”
Uber is focusing on drone delivery in thick, city settings, so it’s not as feasible to be able to go down the food into somebody’s front yard or front door. That’s why Uber says it’s focused on leveraging its current sources and also fleet of Uber Eats shipment companions.
“We don’t need to get the drone direct to our customers or consumers,” Fischer said at Uber Elevate this morning. “We just have to get it close enough.”
Ultimately, drone distribution suggests Uber will have the ability to get meals to clients faster as well as allow dining establishments to get to more customers. Eats is a very vital business for Uber– one that is growing greater than its core ride-hailing platform. In Q1 2019, Eats saw gross reservations growth of 108%, to $3.07 billion.