Uber seeks license for drone food delivery

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Uber Elevate is seeking a licence to carry out food deliveries by drone in San Diego.

The company’s head of flight operations, Luke Fischer, has filed a petition with the Federal Aviation Administration, where he asks for permission to deliver small packages of food using drones.

The plan would see the firm use Air Robot 200 UAS, which has the ability to fly up to 3 miles and can carry a total weight of 25 pounds.

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The petition, filed on May 21st, states: “Uber Elevate, Inc. seeks exemptions to allow it to conduct part 119 air carrier operations for compensation or hire under part 135 using small unmanned aircraft systems (small UAS).”

It continues: “Specifically, Uber Elevate, Inc. seeks permission to conduct small UAS air carrier operations for commercial food package delivery in the United States, initially in the City of San Diego.”

Delivering food by drone has previously been reported to be a long term goal of Uber, with the Wall Street Journal reporting last year that the firm hoped to launch the products in multiple markets by 2021.

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