Uber Elevate plans to deliver Big Macs by drone this summer


Uber says the project will not only decrease delivery times, but also expand the number of culinary choices available to customers.

According to Bloomberg, which got to witness the drone delivery in action in May, the company plans to begin drone delivery in San Diego this summer with pricing "consistent" with Uber Eats regular delivery that can now cost up to $8.50.

"We've been working closely with the FAA to ensure that we're meeting requirements and prioritizing safety", said Luke Fischer, Head of Flight Operations at Uber Elevate.

Uber said it had developed a proprietary airspace management system called Elevate Cloud Systems that will guide the drones to their location.

The drone service is part of Uber's move to the skies as it seeks to develop an aerial ride-sharing network tied in with its smartphone app to help people avoid traffic congestion on the ground. It will cost the same as a standard Uber Eats delivery, but should eventually be quicker, Uber said.

Following two years of collaboration, Volvo and Uber are ready to show off their jointly developed production auto capable of driving by itself. This is the third vehicle they've developed together. "When paired with our self-driving technology, this vehicle will be a key ingredient in Uber's autonomous product suite", commented Eric Meyhofer, CEO of Uber Advanced Technologies Group.

The two companies entered into a joint agreement in 2016 to develop autonomous cars.

The most important features of Volvo Cars' autonomous drive-ready production vehicle include several back-up systems for both steering and braking functions as well as battery back-up power. In the event any of car's primary systems fail, the backup systems are created to immediately act to bring the vehicle to a stop.

As the second day of the Uber Elevate summit kicked off in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, the transportation company unveiled an important update about the future of your burgers and fries.