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Uber invests on drone planes for food delivery

Tests have been carried out in San Diego in collaboration with McDonalds

Drone aircraft, and everything they can deliver, are the new business frontier for Silicon Valley companies. Amazon recently presented the drone that will cover Prime Air service for parcel delivery (see AVIONEWS). Uber, instead, focuses its efforts on food delivery, through collaboration with McDonalds.

Uber Eats food delivery service has been tested in San Diego and has returned excellent results in time reduction. Now the company aims to expand it to other American cities within the year and then to obtain certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

"Our goal is to expand Uber Eats drone deliveries to offer our customers more options. We believe Uber is uniquely positioned to meet this challenge thanks to network of restaurants and partners of Uber Eats, and to experience in aviation sector of Uber Elevate", said Luke Fischer, head of operations at Elevate, Uber's aviation division.

However, the Uber Eats app will not be able to completely solve the logistic problem of deliveries carried out with the drone. The aircraft carrying orders loaded by the restaurants, which is unable to land directly in front of customer's front door, will have to meet with a Uber Eats courier that will then complete the home delivery.

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