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Uber beats Amazon to drone delivery… sort of

by Todd Haselton | July 24, 2015July 24, 2015 9:00 am PST


Amazon is working to deliver packages to your doorstep by drone, and while it has faced plenty of obstacles on its way to that dream, Uber did it first. Kind of. Uber is delivering ice cream in 252 cities and 57 countries around the world on Friday and is doing something extra special for folks who live in Singapore.

Customers who partake in Uber’s ice cream delivery promotion in Singapore might be treated to a delivery by drone instead of by car or delivery person. You’ll need to be in a specific area so that Uber can deliver the cool, sweet treat legally, but it’s pretty amazing nonetheless. “The drones are restricted to a certain area near the marina,” Uber’s Karun Arya told CNET. “This is because there are strict licenses and permits required for operating drones in and round Singapore.”

If you want to take part in the regular drone-less promotion, you can open the Uber app between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday and request ICE CREAM to your location. Expect a delivery in minutes and, if you live in Singapore, remember to look up.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...