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Uber tests drone food delivery, launches new autonomous SUV

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Russell Knight | 13 June, 2019, 16:42

Uber's self-driving cars are being "bullied" by people who want to "test their boundaries", the company has said.

The company's Uber Eats unit began the tests in San Diego with McDonald's and plans to expand to other restaurants later this year.

According to Bloomberg, Uber Elevate doesn't plan on delivering food directly to your door, at least not yet.

For logistical reasons, the drones will not deliver directly to customers, but to a safe drop-off location where an Uber Eats driver will complete the order.

'We believe that Uber is uniquely positioned to take on this challenge as we're able to leverage the Uber Eats network of restaurant partners and delivery partners as well as the aviation experience and technology of Uber Elevate'.

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In the future, drones could be instructed to land atop of a parked vehicle located near each delivery location through QR code correspondence, the firm said.

Following two years of collaboration, Volvo and Uber are ready to show off their jointly developed production auto capable of driving by itself. Several back-up systems are built into the thing for both steering and braking functions plus a dose of battery back-up power. If the primary systems fail, the backup system will immediately act to bring the auto to a stop.

This follows several prototypes which were built with the goal of sussing out the companies' self-driving vehicle development efforts. By the middle of the next decade we expect one-third of all cars we sell to be fully autonomous. "When paired with our self-driving technology, this vehicle will be a key ingredient in Uber's autonomous product suite", commented Eric Meyhofer, CEO of Uber Advanced Technologies Group.

Various sensors will allow Uber's self-driving system to safely operate and manoeuvre in urban areas, the company said.

The self-driving "base vehicle concept" used here will also help inform the rollout of Volvo's forthcoming autonomous and semi-autonomous systems.

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