UBER has announced that it’s food delivery service Uber Eats is going to start delivering dinners by drone to some of it’s customers in the US.
The flying food service will be trialled in San Diego, California this summer.
4 The Uber Eats drone will look something like this mock upCredit: Uber
San Diego is one of 10 cities in the US that has been selected to test commercial drone delivery services.
The city then partnered with Uber which has subsequently partnered with McDonald’s to bring the futuristic food service to life.
Both Uber and McDonald’s have been working for months to create special packaging that will protect the transporting goods and keep your burgers warm and your ice cream cold.
The Uber Eats drone is expected to fly at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour but it won’t be landing outside front doors just yet.
4 Uber aims for its drones to land on courier cars, which will then complete the delivery journeyCredit: AFP or licensors
4 The drones are being designed to fly at speeds of 70mphCredit: PA:Press Association
Instead, the drones will be sent to the restaurant of choice, loaded with the food and from there they will fly to a designated landing zone.
An Uber courier will be waiting at the landing zone to take the food to your door.
Uber hopes that some of its cars will have QR codes on top of their roofs in the future so that the drones can land directly onto them.
4 Uber hasn’t made its own drown yet but it has tested out othersCredit: PA:Press Association
The price for this flying delivery is expected to be similar to standard Uber Eats fees, which in San Diego can cost up to $8.50 (£6.70).
Uber still has some hurdles to jump through before it can start its drone delivery tests, such as it still needs approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and it has not yet designed its own version of a food carrying drone.
Kate Fraser, head of policy at Uber Elevate, thinks it will be another three years before drone delivery spreads to other markets.
There is no word yet on when Uber Eats drones could be delivering dinners in the UK.
A brief history of Uber EatsHere’s what you need to know about the food service…
Uber Eats is an online food ordering and delivery platform
Its rivals in the UK include Deliveroo and Just Eat
Uber Eats is based in America but is used in over 200 cities and in 20 countries across the world
It was launched in 2014 and was originally called Uber Fresh but the name was changed to Uber Eats in 2015
The parent company of Uber Eats is Uber, which was founded in 2009 as a taxi firm but has since branched out in lots of different directions
Uber Eats is one of the few branches of Uber that makes the company a lot of profit
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