Uber has unveiled more details about its plans for delivering Eats via drones. If everything goes according to Uber's plan, it will start flying its first drone model before the end of the year.
Uber's design, as it unveiled at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit today, is designed to carry up to one meal to two people. With six-rotor rotary blades, the vehicle can start vertically and land, and run for a maximum of eight minutes, including loading and unloading. The total flight area is 18 miles, with a return return range of 12 miles.
As Uber previously said, the plan is not to use the drones for full delivery, but rather part of it. When a customer orders food, the restaurant will prepare the meal and then load it onto a drone. That drone will then take off, fly and land at a predetermined delivery point.
Behind the scenes, Ubers Elevate Cloud Systems will track and guide the drone, as well as notify an Eats delivery driver when and where to pick up the food. Down the road, Uber looks to land the drones on top of parked Uber cars located near the delivery points. From there, the Eats supplier will complete the last mile to deliver the food to the customer.
From next summer, Uber wants to use this drone for meal deliveries in San Diego. That would come after Uber first tested supplies in collaboration with drone operators and manufacturers.