It’s been a while since we’ve done a good drone delivery story. We’ve seen the stories of food drone stunts all across the world. Remember the stories we did on Iceland sushi drone, or the fried chicken drone in Fukushima, Japan?
But how many of these drone delivery tests have come to fruition?
Uber is giving it a go. Under the UberEats umbrella, Uber promises food delivery in 5 to 30 minutes, beginning in their test city San Diego.
The test is part of a new initiative from the US Department of Transportation to begin testing the viability of commercial drones to deliver things like food, goods, and medical equipment. The wide-reaching program is called the Integration Pilot Program and chose a handful of states and companies to begin work on commercial drone testing. Some of the companies included in the trial are Uber, Amazon, Alphabet, Intel, FedEx, and Qualcomm.
“Uber can’t just be about cars,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said at the Uber Elevate Summit (that’s their flying car summit held in early May of this year). “It has to be about mobility. It’s my personal belief that a key to solving urban mobility is flying burgers, in any city. We need flying burgers.”