Uber reported Wednesday that it will start testing a food delivery system with drons and presented a prototype of autonomous vehicle.

At the Uber Elevate Summit conference in Washington DC, the company announced that it has the green light to begin testing its drone food delivery system in San Diego, California.

“Our goal is to expand the Uber Eats drones delivery to give more options to more people at the touch of a button,” said Luke Fischer, director of flight operations at Uber Elevate, who said the company believes it is ” unique position “to face this challenge.

For logistical reasons, in this first stage the drons will not deliver directly to customers but at a safe collection point for a Uber Eats driver to complete the order.

In the future, Uber expects to land its drons on vehicles parked near the destination of the order and for a person to make the final delivery.

To guide drons to destination, Uber said he developed his own airspace management system that has been called Elevate Cloud Systems.

Although not the first of its kind, Uberapunta’s drone service has a potential large scale through its partners throughout the United States.

The initial tests in San Diego were conducted with McDonald’s, and will increase in the course of this year to include other restaurants that work with Uber Eats.

On the other hand, Uber presented its most recent autonomous vehicle, produced by Volvo, in partnership.

The Volvo XC90 prototype will be able to “handle itself completely,” according to a Uber statement. Sensors incorporated into the vehicle allow it to circulate and maneuver in an urban environment.

Uber signed an agreement in 2017 with Volvo, a Swedish company owned by Chinese automaker Geely, to produce “tens of thousands” of vehicles that can be driven alone and that will integrate a fleet of autonomous taxis.

This week, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he does not expect fully autonomous vehicles of his company to be available for at least 15 years, but that some of the self-employed benefits will be phased in gradually for some travel. “easy” can be completed with this technology.

Source: El economista