Pixar’s Wall-E predicted the future – we’re all going to be sitting in chairs while flying UAV’s deliver food or packages straight to our, let’s face it, protruding bellies. Okay, we’re not that serious, and truth be told flying drones (or as we like to call them, flying mail men) have done stellar jobs, including transporting a kidney that was successfully delivered and transplanted into a 44-year-old woman. Others applauded, but a light bulb went off in Uber Eats’ figurative brain: surely drones must be able to deliver kidney beans as well, right? And from there, the concept of delivering all manner of food from the sky was born. Howdy there, Uber Eats Delivery Drones.
So, should we all be wary of the chance of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs?
Sure, if that’s what someone has ordered and it’s hurricane season. Featuring rotating wings with six rotors, the vehicle can vertically take-off and land, and travel a maximum of eight minutes, including loading and unloading. Doesn’t sound like much, but it also has a range of 29km. Getting deliveries in eight minutes or less? Cooking for yourself may just be a thing of the past.
And delivered straight to our laps?
Well no, we’re not quite that far in the future just yet. The drone will be lead by Uber’s Elevate Cloud Systems to be sent to where an Uber Eats delivery driver is located, who will then deliver your food. So, not a novelty to customers. But, with it aiming to come out summer next year, who knows what the future holds (hopefully plenty of flying food).
The future is nearly in our grasp, and so is the wealth of food deliveries it brings.