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­ber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous S­V


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The Volvo XC90 SUV awaits a delivery drone.

Ride-hailing company Uber is conducting a pilot of restaurant food deliveries via drone in San Diego.

Credit: Volvo Cars/AP

The Uber ride-hailing company is conducting a pilot of restaurant food deliveries via drone in San Diego.

Once airborne, the drone is monitored and guided by an aerospace management system, then passes its food order to a driver at a drop-off site, who hand-delivers the meal to the customer.

Uber also hopes to land drones on top of parked vehicles near delivery locations, and secure them to the vehicle for the last delivery mile.

The company also announced a project with Volvo Cars to build an autonomous sport-utility vehicle (SUV) equipped with Uber's self-driving system. \

The SUV's steering and braking systems will be controlled by computer, with backups programmed to halt the car if primary systems malfunction.

From Associated Press
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