By Milly Vincent for Mail Online
Uber Eats has unveiled its newest drones which will be used to deliver food in San Diego, California, next year.
The new drones feature ‘innovative rotating wings with six rotors’ – a design that has previously only been featured in flying car prototypes.
Uber Eats said it believes the rotating wings will help to avoid food spillages, as the design enables a smoother transition between vertical takeoff and forward flight.
The rotors will be positioned vertically for takeoff and landing, but move into a forward position ‘for increased speed and efficiency during cruise flight’, reports The Verge.
NASA veteran Mark Moore designed similar rotors for the company’s flying-taxi prototype which is also part of the companies Uber Elevate project – to take its services to the sky.
Test flights will be carried out next year in time for a commercial launch in 2023, reports The verge.
The Federal Aviation Administration gave Uber permission to test drone delivery in San Diego, with a cruising altitude of below 400 feet – to comply with drone regulations.
According to Uber the drone will be able to load and deliver a meal for two in just eight minutes – and will only be able to fly 12 miles to make a delivery.
It is also expected to be able to hover in up to 30 mph wind speeds, reports The Verge.
Other delivery companies have also tried their hands at the niche market with Alphabet Wing, partnering with FedEx and owned by Google’s parent company, deploying its first drones in Virginia last week, reports The Verge.