It looks like Uber will be getting into the drone delivery business as well. Uber is looking to start food deliveries using drones this summer. The service will at first be available in San Diego. Uber has been talking about maybe running a trial here since last year and now it looks like it may be close to doing that.
The deliveries won’t go to customers’ homes directly. The drones will drop orders at “designated safe landing zones” where Uber couriers will unload the package by hand and then bring it to the customer’s door. So it isn’t entirely by drone.
The landing zones could be roofs of parked Uber vehicles which the drones will recognize via QR codes. The company may even launch its own customized drone later in the year which will be capable of reaching speeds of up to 70 miles per hour. It sounds like an innovative plan.
The company reportedly plans on keeping the same delivery pricing which can range up to $8.50. The company thinks that drones will be able to make delivery over a 1.5 mile distance in only seven minutes. The same delivery would take over 21 minutes by a car or cyclist. That’s pretty impressive.