Monday, 16 September, 2019

Volvo and Uber show off production-ready self-driving vehicle

Uber hopes to begin Uber Eats drone delivery in San Diego this summer Uber Elevate plans to deliver Big Macs by drone this summer
Ginger Lawrence | 13 June, 2019, 16:45

Uber Elevate, the company's aerial arm, has said it will start delivering meals from McDonald's and other local restaurants to households in San Diego this summer, Bloomberg reports.

Uber and San Diego were granted the winning bid by the Federal Aviation Administration past year to test the new delivery service, according to the company. It will cost the same as a standard Uber Eats delivery, but should eventually be quicker, Uber said. It placed a Big Mac and fries into specially designed packaging and then flew the food from the restaurant to a designated location where an Uber courier picked up the order to deliver it to the customer.

'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'.

In the future, the company wants to land drones atop parked vehicles near delivery locations and secure them to the vehicle for the final mile of the delivery.

The self-driving Volvo XC90 SUV, announced at the Uber Elevate Summit on Wednesday, will be the first Uber autonomous auto created to drive itself without the need for a human "mission specialist" driver behind the wheel, TechCrunch reports. Volvo signed a "framework agreement" in 2017 to sell Uber "tens of thousands" of self-driving cars between 2019 and 2021.

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The Volvo XC90 prototype will be 'capable of fully driving itself, ' according to an Uber statement, with sensors atop and built into the vehicle to allow it to operate and maneuver in an urban environment.

Volvo plans to use a similar autonomous base vehicle concept for their autonomous cars which are expected to be launched in the early 2020s.

The ride-hailing company said it can easily install its self-driving system in the Volvo XC90 SUV.

Uber also unveiled the latest versions of its electric bikes and scooters that round out its shared transportation system.