Uber has revealed a first look at the new Uber Eats delivery drone it hopes will revolutionise its food transport business.
The new delivery drone was announced at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in Detroit and has a relatively short range of 12 miles, staying aloft for 18 minutes and carrying enough food to feed two people.
The drone makes use of innovative rotating wings, each with six rotors, allowing for greater speeds and a more seamless take-off and landing.
Uber plans to fly meals from restaurants to a staging area where a driver will complete the delivery to the customer via car.
The company also revealed plans to test out landing drones on cars to help bridge the gap between restaurants and consumers even further.
Uber Elevate, the company’s air transportation division, plans to begin trials in San Diego next summer having applied for FAA approval earlier this year.
Uber is the latest company to enter into the drone delivery market with Amazon, Google and UPS all testing out innovative methods of delivering direct to customers using unmanned aerial vehicles.
With technology giants set to fill the skies with deliveries of everything from food to prescriptions, there remain several roadblocks in place before drone deliveries can truly take off.
Delivery companies looking to use drones will have to overcome poor weather, obstacles such as birds and FAA regulations in order to tame the wild west of drone deliveries but with big players like Uber working to find solutions, it’s only a matter of time before we’re watching the skies for our Friday night food orders.