Uber has recently unveiled the latest design for the much anticipated Uber Eats food delivery drones. After launching a submarine service in Queensland earlier this year, and with plans to launch Uber helicopters in Melbourne in 2020, the ride-sharing service is becoming bigger and boujee-er than ever.
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The design was revealed at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in Detroit. The drone utilises rotating wings with six rotors, which are positioned vertically for takeoff and landing. It’s intended to carry one meal for two people, so here’s your chance to really impress someone when you’re having a night in. It can stay airborne for 8 minutes, and will have a total flight range of 12 miles. It can also hover in wind speeds of up to 30 mph. Fingers crossed it can pick up food from that one restaurant that’s just a little bit outside your range.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
— Uber (@Uber) October 28, 2019
If you’re already picturing a drone flying down to your doorstep, we’re sorry to break it to you, but that’s not Uber’s plan for the drone (yet). The drone will pick up the restaurant’s food and go to a drop-off point, where an Uber Eats driver will pick it up. Then the driver will deliver the food to your place as per usual. And hopefully there’s no sneaky extra fee.
Uber says they plan to have the drone make its first flight by the end of the year, and testing will begin in San Diego in 2020.
Feature image via Twitter @Uber.