Food Delivery By Drone in San Diego May 18, 2018 – Posted in: food delivery – Tags: , ,

San Diego is a great place to live and work and is also one of the places often at the center of the latest technology trends, and food delivery is no exception.

This week the federal government approved a test program where Uber Technologies Inc. will deliver food by drone in San Diego as part of a wide-reaching commercial test program.

The news was reported to Bloomberg in a recent on-stage interview at the Uber Conference in Los Angeles.  Uber is reportedly now the largest food delivery business in the world, and the plan is that people will push a button and then have their food delivered to their doorstep.  Food is expected to be delivered in five to thirty minutes, depending on whether it is delivered by drone or human.

The U.S. Transportation Department said it chose 10 state, local and tribal governments and a handful of companies, including Alphabet Inc., FedEx Corp., Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc. and Uber, to work together on commercial drone testing.

At Uber’s flying car conference, Uber Elevate,  hamburgers via drone was among a range of topics that was discussed.  The flying car program is a futuristic endeavor whereby Uber will partner with companies, together with government agencies like NASA and the U.S. Army, with the hope that pilot programs will begin in 2020.

Uber also stated its commitment to electric bicycles following its acquisition of Jump Bikes last month. This side of their business is competing with several other companies offering similar services for renting bikes and scooters around cities, but whether they will be delivering food on bikes is another question.  We may be seeing a whole new food  delivery service just around the corner in the coming months.