Uber Eats plans for drone food deliveries straight to customers

Uber Eats carries out test drone delivery with McDonald’s

Uber Eats carries out test drone delivery with McDonald’s

Food ordered via Uber Eats' drone delivery service will be sent to "designated safe landing zones" where Uber employees will unload the package and take it to the customer's doorstep, according to Bloomberg.

The test can get underway because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) selected the city of San Diego to participate in a commercial drone test program in 2018, and San Diego has made a decision to partner with Uber.

For now, Uber doesn't have its own drone, but they have been working on one and will unveil it sometime later this year.

Specifically, Uber is now seeking FAA approval for drones that would be able to help deliver food to customers as part of the company's Uber Eats program, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

"We just have to get it close enough", Fischer said at the Uber Elevate summit this week. But critics argue that a de facto employment relationship exists as Uber decides on payments for the delivery riders and manages orders.

Initial testing in San Diego was done with McDonald's, and will be expanded to include additional Uber Eats restaurants later this year.

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Uber Technologies unveiled its newest Volvo self-driving rideshare auto in Washington D.C.as it works to "one day" deploy vehicles without drivers under some limited conditions. They operate at 25 miles an hour or less allowing more decision time, sometimes more than a human driver would need. Volvo signed a "framework agreement" in 2017 to sell Uber "tens of thousands" of self-driving cars between 2019 and 2021.

Volvo said it will use a similar autonomous base for the introduction of its first commercially available autonomous drive technology in the early 2020s.

Eric Meyhofer, head of the company's Advanced Technologies Group, said its cameras have captured pedestrians and drivers treating the cars with hostility.

The vehicle previewed features safety technology that will allow Uber to easily install its own autonomous driving systems, with the aim to eventually offer an autonomous ride-sharing service. After the fatal accident, Uber immediately suspended testing of self-driving vehicles in Arizona and decided not to renew its permit for autonomous vehicle testing in California when it expired at the end of March 2018.

Uber also unveiled the latest versions of its electric bikes and scooters that round out its shared transportation system.

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