On Monday, Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate, unveiled a new drone design for Uber Eats on the stage of the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Detroit. It uses “innovative rotating wings with six rotors” to allow a better transition between vertical takeoff and forward flight. Although it may seems that drones will be used for long-distance travel, they are likely to be used for local deliveries, at least for now.
Uber’s, unveiled delivery drone, is designed to carry one meal for two. The total journey is 18 miles, with a round-trip delivery range of up to 12 miles. The drone has already approved its “critical design review,” Uber said, and is expected to fly by the end of the year. Earlier this year, the Federal Aviation Administration gave Uber the green light to begin drone testing in San Diego. Starting next summer, Uber wants to use this drone for food delivery in San Diego. The drone is designed to perform a maximum delivery in eight minutes, which includes loading and unloading.