It seems like you won’t be troubled with delayed food deliveries in the coming years. Apparently, Uber is looking for a operations executive who has some experience with “flight standards and training” and who can “enable safe, legal, efficient and scalable flight operations.”
When the Wall Street Journal asked Uber to comment on the matter, Uber immediately removed the job listing and stated that it “does not fully reﬂect our program, which is still in very early days.”
However, WSJ was able to get some more information about it in the nick of time. For example, the drone-based delivery service will be called as “Uber Express,” and it will be part of Uber food delivery system “Uber Eats.”
The job description stated that the chosen employee would help in making the delivery drones functional by next year. Also, the candidate will assist in making it “commercially operational in multiple markets by 2021.”
At the Uber Elevate Summit in May, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshah stated that Uber is looking into the possibility of delivering food via flying drones. He explicitly said, “We need flying burgers.” He also mentioned Uber involved in a commercial drone-testing program.
Of course, if Uber is planning to make “flying burgers” a reality, the aviation regulatory bodies of different countries will have to set some ground rules. Like what happens it a Pizza falls on someone’s head.
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On a serious note, things like night ﬂights and reliable drone identiﬁcation will have to be taken into consideration before Uber brings 5-minute delivery into existence.