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­ber Eats To Test Flying Food To Customers By Drone In San Diego

artist's rendering of a food delivery drone

Uber is building a drone customized for food delivery that it plans to debut later this year.

Credit: Uber

Uber will start delivering food with drones in San Diego this summer, aiming to test out ways to connect a payload to customers in a dense urban environment where there's no easy way to fly to their front door.

Uber Eats is collaborating on the experiment with Uber Elevate, the company's urban air mobility division. Luke Fischer, Uber Elevate's head of flight operations, said it's crucial to figure out how drone delivery will work in dense urban environments, where 68% of the world's population is expected to live by 2050, with few easy access points like suburban backyards.     

"We don't need to get drones direct to our customer, we just have to get it close," he said.

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