The test can get underway because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) selected the city of San Diego to participate in a commercial drone test program in 2018, and San Diego has chose to partner with Uber. It also wants to deliver Uber Eats orders via drone.
Uber isn't alone in pursuing drone delivery.
'Our goal is to expand Uber Eats drone delivery so we can provide more options to more people at the tap of a button, ' said Luke Fischer, head of flight operations at Uber Elevate.
In the future, Uber Elevate plans to enable the drones to land atop parked vehicles within its rides network near delivery locations before the food is picked up and hand-delivered.
The self-driving Volvo XC90 SUV, announced at the Uber Elevate Summit on Wednesday, will be the first Uber autonomous vehicle created to drive itself without the need for a human "mission specialist" driver behind the wheel, TechCrunch reports.
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According to the media release, the production iteration includes "several back-up systems for both steering and braking functions as well as battery back-up power". In the event any of car's primary systems fail, the backup systems are created to immediately act to bring the auto to a stop. The team says they are specially trained Uber employees "operating and overseeing the car" in areas designated and suitable for autonomous driving.
In addition to Volvo's built-in back-up systems, an array of sensors atop and built into the vehicle are designed for Uber's self-driving system to safely operate and maneuver in an urban environment.
The ride-hailing company said it can easily install its self-driving system in the Volvo XC90 SUV.
Uber and Volvo Cars partnered in September 2016.
Volvo said it will use a similar autonomous base for the introduction of its first commercially available autonomous drive technology in the early 2020s.