Uber Elevate Drone Delivery
During an Uber conference in May, new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi talked up plans for Uber Elevate, the non-ride sector of the company that includes a test of drones delivering food to a consumer’s home. Khosrowshahi announced at the Uber Elevate Summit that drone delivery will be tested in San Diego as part of a larger goal to get food delivered to homes in 30 minutes or less, either by drone or person. In 2014, Uber launched Uber Eats to use its drivers to deliver meals from restaurants. Uber is one of a few companies that the U.S. Transportation Department anointed to test commercial drone use, and Uber is also expecting to launch commercial flights as soon as 2020 under the uberAIR name.