Third-party delivery service Uber Eats earned the Federal Aviation Administration's approval to test commercial food delivery via drone.
Uber Eats has been testing drone delivery of McDonald’s orders in San Diego before making the service available to other restaurants, reports the Chicago Tribune.
(Amazon has also received FAA approval for drone deliveries, as HT previously reported.)
A Personal Touch Don’t expect the Uber Eats drone on your driveway. According to reports, Uber plans to use drones for only part of the delivery. Behind the scenes, Uber’s Elevate Cloud Systems will track and guide the drone, as well as notify an Uber Eats delivery driver when and where to pick up the food. Uber envisions landing the drones on top of parked Uber vehicles located near the delivery locations. From there, the Uber Eats delivery driver will complete the last mile to hand-deliver the food to the customer, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Uber is also working with Volvo to create an autonomous driving vehicle, according to the article.