Uber tests drone delivery for food in San Diego

Signal of change / Uber tests drone delivery for food in San Diego

By Ella-Louise Micallef / 16 May 2018

Uber is to begin trialling food delivery by drone in San Diego, with plans for food to arrive within 30 minutes. This is part of a wider program by the US Transportation Department to test the commercial use of drones. It chose 10 state, local and tribal governments, alongside a handful of companies including Uber and Alphabet Inc, for the pilot program.

So what?

With the uses for drones seemingly endless, it was inevitable that they would be trialled commercially to reduce delivery times. However, is a delivery system dependent on drones the answer to improving urban mobility, or does this create a new set of problems to contend with?

Sources

https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/2018/05/10/uber-plans-to-test-food-delivery-by-drone-in-under-30-minutes#gs.HQeQedc

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