Uber begins delivering McDonald's burgers by drone

Marco Green
June 13, 2019

It placed a Big Mac and fries into specially designed packaging and then flew the food from the restaurant to a designated location where an Uber courier picked up the order to deliver it to the customer.

"We've been working closely with the FAA to ensure that we're meeting requirements and prioritising safety", said Luke Fischer, head of flight operations at Uber Elevate, the company's division focused on revolutionising operations in the skies. The first food partner for the test is McDonald's, but the program will expand to include more options later in the year.

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.

The goal of drone delivery is speed. Google has also received FAA approval to test drone delivery in Virginia.

Uber Eats drone delivery won't materialize as the futuristic door-to-door service you might imagine.

"We believe that Uber is uniquely positioned to take on this challenge as we're able to leverage the Uber Eats network of restaurant partners and delivery partners as well as the aviation experience and technology of Uber Elevate". Pricing for food delivery via drone will likely be consistent with Uber Eats delivery rates. Tuesday, it announced that Melbourne would join Los Angeles and Dallas as a test city for unmanned aerial taxis.

That's one step closer to the dream of robots delivering fries directly into your mouth while your butt remains firmly on your couch.

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