Uber Eats to test drone delivery service in San Diego


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According to Bloomberg, which got to witness the drone delivery in action in May, the company plans to begin drone delivery in San Diego this summer with pricing "consistent" with Uber Eats regular delivery that can now cost up to $8.50.

"We've been working closely with the FAA to ensure that we're meeting requirements and prioritizing safety", said Luke Fischer, Head of Flight Operations at Uber Elevate.

"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".

As the second day of the Uber Elevate summit kicked off in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, the transportation company unveiled an important update about the future of your burgers and fries.

While not the first food drone delivery service, Uber is aiming for a potentially large-scale service through its food service partners across the United States. The orders will then be picked up and hand-delivered to customers.

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

Volvo and Uber have presented a new production vehicle, which is still based on an XC90, capable of fully autonomous driving.

This latest development is part of a joint agreement that both companies agreed to enter in 2016, and brings Uber one step closer to a possible future deployment of self-driving cars in its network as a robotaxi service.

Uber signed a deal in 2017 with Volvo, which is owned by China's Geely, to produce "tens of thousands" of self-driving cars for a fleet of autonomous taxis.

This week, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he does not expect fully self-driving vehicles to be deployed for at least 15 years, but that autonomous features will be gradually introduced and that some "easy" trips may be made autonomously.

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