While ordering food home has come a long way in getting easier over the last couple of years, there is still a lot of scope for it to get better. Uber, the world’s largest and most popular ride-hailing service, has big plans to take to the skies with its services, and that includes using drones to deliver food to you faster.
Uber Elevate (the company’s division that is working on air-based applications for its services) is experimenting with the idea of using drones to enable faster deliveries on its Uber Eats service. Uber Eats is the company’s online food ordering and delivery platform, where it currently engages delivery partners who will pick up the order from the restaurant and deliver it to your address. In India and abroad, delivery partners usually use bicycles, motorbikes or cars to get around.
This could change with the use of drones, which will not only make deliveries faster, but also more efficient and potentially cheaper in the long-run. Uber claims that Uber Eats in currently on track to be the largest food delivery platform in the world, and adding drones to the mix could help it grow much faster. Uber is already developing solutions to use aerial technologies for its ride-sharing services, including aerial taxis that could arrive in the next few years.
Uber is already in negotiations in key locations to activate its aerial taxi and delivery plans, including in the US city of San Diego, where it was chosen as a drone delivery participant in the US Federal Aviation Administration’s Integration Pilot Program. While these plans are still in testing phase, they could turn into a reality in the coming years, and hopefully eventually make it to India as well if the regulatory environment permits.
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While Uber already has systems in place for on-ground taxi and delivery, the US-based company sees huge potential in tapping the skies to make both commuting and delivery solutions faster and more affordable. We could therefore see our pizza being delivered by a drone sooner, rather than later.