Despite promises to put drones into action by last year, Amazon still hasn’t come through. For those who were looking forward to their Amazon orders buzzing over to their doorsteps, it’s a real bummer. However, you might be able to turn that frown around if you’re a McDonald’s fan.
- Uber will deliver McDonald’s by drone to San Diego residents this summer. Maybe.
- With summer’s end near and a failed test flight, Uber’s promise to deliver that shake and fries looks a bit shaky.
Uber has gotten the jump on Amazon in getting drones into service in San Diego. Supposedly. It says it will deliver your order from the Golden Arches and other local eateries by drone this summer. I’m particularly partial to the fries and Quarter Pounder with Cheese, please. Unfortunately, I’m not a San Diego resident.
Through its division Uber Elevate, the company’s in-flight mobility solution, Uber will make your drop at designated zones where delivery folk will make the pick-up and bring it to your door. So, you won’t experience the thrill of having a drone landing at your abode, but you will still be able to stay couch-locked and brag that you were one of the first to beta-test the service.
According to Uber, drone service won’t cost any more than a standard Uber Eats order. Plus, in another promise from Uber, you’ll get your order faster. If this is the case, why would you ever opt for Uber Eats–unless the drones were booked up.
Uber might have jumped the gun here with its promise to deliver on your McDonald’s delivery. The company still awaits Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to get those drones up and buzzing. By the way, Google already received the sign-off from the agency.
Also, in a report from Kate Krader on Bloomberg, the test flight didn’t go so well. The Big Mac, chicken McNuggets and two orders of fries aboard the drone never made it to the destination a half-mile away to Viejas Arena at San Diego State University. Apparently, winds of 26 knots buffeted the drone around, which only got 25 feet in the air and hovered for about a minute before aborting the mission.
With summer’s end fast approaching, Uber better hurry up and work out the kinks. Broken promises never play well, especially when you’re hungry.