Uber begins delivering McDonald's burgers by drone

Telegraph 12 Jun 2019 04:15

Uber is to bring McDonald's to customers by drone in the first trial of its flying delivery system. 

The company, best-known for its taxi app, is to test the system in San Diego, beginning this summer. 

At its Elevate conference in Washington, DC, Uber said the meals could be delivered in as little as eight minutes by a combination of drone and human delivery driver. 

A restaurant employee would load the meal onto a drone which would then land in a drop-off location, at which point a driver will deliver it to a customer.

Uber said that in the future it wanted drones to land on top of parked vehicles near the food's destination.

Companies such as Amazon have been working on drone deliveries for many years, but have run into problems gaining approval from regulators amid concerns about safety with drones flying in highly-populated city environments. 

Amazon first announced air deliveries as part of its Prime service in 2013, but said last week still had not specified a time and date for a launch. 

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