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Uber lists San Diego as test market for drone delivery service

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Posted at 11:51 PM, May 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 12:18:56-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Uber has filed paperwork with the FAA to start testing drones in San Diego for food delivery.

The petition seeks a series of exemptions that would allow Uber to use drones to transport food in the city of San Diego.

The FAA recently granted its first air carrier certification to a drone company, Wing Aviation, which will begin testing in Blacksburg, Virginia.

In Uber’s application, it said it would be using the AirRobot 200 drone, a hexa-copter which is larger than typical drones used by videographers.

It says the drones would not fly higher than 400 feet and have a range of 3.5 miles.

There is currently a public comment period on the FAA’s website.

An FAA spokesperson told 10News, “we will thoroughly evaluate all comments we receive, as well as the petitioner’s proposal and associated safety measures, before making a decision.”

Uber declined to comment for this story.