How will the future look at how the food will be delivered? We can look a little at the public tests recently made with the AR200 drones of Uber Elevate, the US-based ride-sharing company Uber, which was recently valued at $ 72 billion.
One of the tests should have taken place in the McDonald’s restaurant in San Diego, where the drones were to carry an order with Big Mac, McNuggets, and two frying potato tops near the entrance to the city’s state university. Due to the strong wind, beyond the manufacturer’s limits, the delivery was canceled. With the command on board, the drone rose from the ground some seven meters, turned over the parking lot for a minute, then landed lightly.
In times when it is almost impossible to buy a house in the US that you can not watch by watching a movie made with the drones, canceling the McDonald’s parking test was not a good one for one of the key programs of the Uber Elevate. Meanwhile, Google has already obtained approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make aerial deliveries to Blacksburg (Virginia) with its autonomous vehicles as part of its Wing program. And this month, Amazon has revealed to the public revolutionary drones that will be able to deliver consumer goods to buyers.
The team behind the Uber Elevate project, which is still awaiting FAA certification, is convinced that its drones represent the future in food deliveries. The company expects to officially launch the service this summer, right in San Diego. In the beginning, prices will be in line with the policies already practiced by Uber Eats – in San Diego, which can reach up to $ 8.5.
The parent company, Uber Technologies Inc., had a tough one-billion-dollar loss in the first quarter after the announcement of the initial IPO with fuel and trumpets. Instead, Uber Eats went on to report revenue of $ 1.5 billion in 2018, a 150% increase over the previous year.
“What most convince me when it comes to droning food delivery is the fantastic growth of Uber Eats. Our customers will be selected, quality and efficiency, which will be improved with drone deliveries, “says Eric Allison, Uber Elevate’s boss, and Zee Aero, a veteran of Zee Aero, the founder of Larry Page.
Estimates show that in the next four years food delivery services will grow annually by 12 percent, to $ 76 billion in 2022, according to figures compiled by Cowen Inc.
Uber did not disclose the cost of testing his drones, but looking at the figures reported for listing on the capital market, Uber Advanced Technologies Group, which includes Uber Elevate and the Autonomous Machinery Division, directed in 2018 about 457 million dollars in research and development (R & D).
In 2018, the FAA included San Diego among the ten designated locations to test commercial drones. At the same time, the city has made a partnership with Uber. “To understand where we are in terms of drone technology, imagine that we are two years ahead of the launch of mobile phones. The next step you know – the phone as much as the brick you used to walk around the city. In ten years, smartphones appeared, “says Stanley Maloy, director of innovation at San Diego State University. In the city, drones for the delivery of blood in emergency situations or laser-equipped drones that can monitor soil composition in California are already tested for sectors such as almond or almond crops.