TECHNOLOGY

Report: Uber makes drive for drone deliveries

BY Dan Berthiaume

Uber is reportedly applying for permission to perform drone-based food deliveries in the San Diego area.

According to Freight Waves, Uber affiliate Uber Elevate has applied to offer “food delivery in very small packages” via drone flying at or below 400 ft. in a roughly four-mile area of operations. The application seeks exemption from 16 specific federal safety and operational regulations.

Uber plans to use the AirRobot (AR) 200 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), a lithium-ion battery-powered drone with six propellers. The public comment period on the application ends June 10.

Uber’s application to provide drone-based deliveries follows Google’s recent success in getting its Wing Aviation drone subsidiary certification as a small airline from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Reportedly Wing has received initial approval to conduct drone-based deliveries to consumers in Montgomery County, Virginia, and plans to begin deliveries in the next several months.

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