Uber solves "Volvo driver" problem with new autonomous tech

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After describing the auto, they go on to say that when paired with Volvo's vehicle platform, Uber's self-driving system may one day allow [emphasis mine] for safe, reliable autonomous ridesharing without the need for a Mission Specialist.

At its Uber Elevate Summit, the company said it had regulatory approval to begin tests of delivering food by drone in the region of San Diego, California.

According to Bloomberg, Uber Elevate doesn't plan on delivering food directly to your door, at least not yet.

Uber isn't alone in pursuing drone delivery.

Here's how Uber says the system will work: After a restaurant loads the meal into the drone and the drone takes off, a system will notify a nearby Uber Eats delivery partner to meet the drone at a drop-off location.


In the future, Uber hopes to land the drones on parked vehicles located near each delivery location to allow the final delivery by hand.

The drone service is part of Uber's move to the skies as it seeks to develop an aerial ride-sharing network tied in with its smartphone app to help people avoid traffic congestion on the ground.

To be fair, Volvo is well-known for its commitment to safety, and the self-driving XC90 SUV it has developed in collaboration with Uber is its first production vehicle to roll off the factory floor with autonomous technology ready to go.

"Working in close cooperation with companies like Volvo is a key ingredient to effectively building a safe, scalable, self-driving fleet", said Eric Meyhofer, CEO of Uber Advanced Technologies Group in a statement. By the middle of the next decade we expect one-third of all cars we sell to be fully autonomous. These include several backup systems for both steering and braking functions as well as battery backup power. In case the main systems fail, these back-up systems are capable of immediately bringing the vehicle to a stop.

The two companies entered into a joint agreement in 2016 to develop autonomous cars.

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