The Uber released a drone prototype that might deliver your Uber Eats orders in the future. The company presented the new design for its food delivery drone, having six rotating wings with six rotors at the Forbes 30 under 30 Summit.
The company says, the rotors are positioned vertically for take-off and landing, but can then rotate into the forward position for “greater speed and efficiency during flight.”
The Uber Eats delivery drone can carry meals for up to two people and can travel a maximum of eight minutes, including loading and unloading. With the top speed of around 30 mph (48 km/h), it is capable of flying up to 19 kilometers (12 miles) when having a meal and up to 29 kilometers (18 miles) without delivery.
The idea, however, is not to use it to deliver the entire delivery. Uber expects to use it for just a part of the process, TechCrunch reports.
Uber’s plan is to load the ordered meal onto the drones, which will then go to a pre-determined drop-off location near the customer. As the flight takes place, a delivery person will be notified to go to this location, pick up the order, and cover the last leg to hand-deliver the food to the customer.