Uber Flying Burgers Are Key to the Future, CEO Says

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With the world’s attention captured by the race between automakers to launch hundreds of electric models in the comimg years, there’s little time to notice another type of race heating up in the background: drone food deliveries.
It may not be directly linked to the automotive industry, but it’s very likely we’ll soon have skies just as crowded as the roads should companies like Uber have their way.

The transportation specialist is slowly but surely moving to take over the mobility world just like Amazon took over online retailing. Uber does business in road transportation (including medical transport), it plans a fleet of flying passenger taxis and, most recently, started a pilot program for food delivery in San Diego.

Drone delivery is not a first in the industry, as companies like Domino’s or Chipotle have pulled similar stunts in the past. But Uber, which already considers itself the largest food delivery business in the world, plans to take things to an entirely new level.

According to Fortune, Uber got government approval to test food delivery by drones in the city of San Diego. And by doing so, the city will be delivered from gridlock.

“Uber can’t just be about cars,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said at a conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

“It has to be about mobility. It’s my personal belief that a key to solving urban mobility is flying burgers, in any city. We need flying burgers.

The company is extremely confident in its capabilities, saying the delivery time from the moment the order is placed can be as low as five minutes when using a drone. When using human delivery, that time can increase to 30 minutes.

Uber is not the only company to have received approval to test such services in the United States. In all, ten states will be witnessing how drones labeled Alphabet, Intel, FedEx, or Qualcomm buzz around carrying hamburgers and pasta.
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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