Uber Eats will test food drone delivery in San Diego Summer 2019

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 13, 2019

The new "vehicle platform" will allow Uber to "easily install its own self-driving system, enabling the possible future deployment of self-driving cars in Uber's network as an autonomous ride sharing service".

Uber Eats will begin testing food drone delivery in San Diego, CA this summer. It placed a Big Mac and fries into specially designed packaging and then flew the food from the restaurant to a designated location where an Uber courier picked up the order to deliver it to the customer. "Our agreement with Uber underlines our ambition to be the supplier of choice to the world's leading ride-hailing companies", said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars.

Uber Eats drone delivery won't materialize as the futuristic door-to-door service you might imagine.

The company says the initial phase of testing in San Diego was done with McDonald's, but that it will be expanded later this year to include more restaurants, including Juniper and Ivy.

Volvo and Uber have whipped the covers off their production XC90 self-driving vehicle, as the ride-sharing giant ramps up its efforts to remove human drivers from its fleet.

"Working in close partnership with companies like Volvo is a key ingredient to effectively building a safe, scalable, self-driving fleet", said Eric Meyhofer, CEO of Uber Advanced Technologies Group.

The Volvo XC90 prototype will be "capable of fully driving itself", according to an Uber statement, with sensors atop and built into the vehicle to allow it to operate and maneuver in an urban environment.

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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