The fast food giant will be the first brand to take part in a new Uber delivery system, which will use a combination of drone and human delivery. Hungry customers will have their McDonald’s meal flown across the skies on a drone to a designated location before being picked up by couriers. The delivery person will then take the food straight to the front door of the buyer. Uber said the entire process will slash delivery times and could take as little as eight minutes.
While customers might not actually get to see the drones, the firm said drones could one day be instructed to land on top of a parked vehicle located near each delivery location.
The trial run will start in San Diego, California before being launched fully in 2023.
Speaking at a conference in Washington, DC, Luke Fischer, head of flight operations at Uber Elevate, said the test would be “the first-ever commercial application of drone food delivery in high-density urban areas”.
While Amazon has already announced plans to use drones to deliver products as part of its Prime package, no date for launch has been confirmed.
He said: “We’ve been working closely with the FAA to ensure that we’re meeting requirements and prioritising safety.
“From there, our goal is to expand Uber Eats drone delivery so we can provide more options to more people at the tap of a button.
“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.”
Uber has been granted permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to trial the new technology.
The update comes as McDonald’s this morning revealed it was trialling an extension to its breakfast menu.
Instead of finishing at 10.30am, breakfast will run until 11am.
The trial will run until June 24 and will only be operating in seven restaurants in the UK.
These include several in Portsmouth, including in Commercial Road, Cosham, Ocean Retail Park, Fratton Park, and North Harbour.
Meanwhile, the Isle of Wight will also test out the later breakfast in Ryde and Newport.