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Uber steps up drone delivery tests in San Diego

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Uber Elevate has stepped up its plans to deliver food to customers via drones, with further testing set to begin in San Diego.

The tech giant will be working with fine dining restaurant Juniper & Ivy, having completed initial tests with McDonalds.

It plans to deliver the restaurant’s speciality burger to customers in the Californian city.

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The drones are set to work within Uber’s delivery network, being sent from the restaurant to a driver at a drop-off location close to each customer, and the driver then taking the food to the customer’s door.  

Luke Fischer, Uber Elevate’s head of flight operations, said: “We’ve been working closely with the Federal Aviation Association to ensure that we’re meeting requirements and prioritizing safety.

“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.

“We believe that Uber is uniquely positioned to take on this challenge as we’re able to leverage the Uber Eats network of restaurant partners and delivery partners as well as the aviation experience and technology of Uber Elevate.”

Following the conclusion of a two-year testing phase, data obtained from Uber and a range of other drone companies will form the basis of FAA guidelines for safely integrating drones into the national airspace.

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