Postmates delivers most people food. But for the drone addicts of the world, it can bring you a drone.
Silicon Valley-based food delivery startup Postmates is partnering with drone rental startup Up Sonder to connect drone owners with people who want to rent those drones. Up Sonder also allows for deliveries through UberRUSH.
UpSonder allows customers to find a rent drones or services from users who do own a drone. Once a match has been made, Postmates will actually deliver the drone so the drone owner and renter don’t have to coordinate pickup times.
For Up Sonder users who live in places that don’t offer Postmates, the provider and renter will have to make their own arrangements to meet up and exchange the drone.
UpSonder handles the payment processing, scheduling, messaging and more. Drone renters can schedule and make their payment through Apple Pay or other methods on the platform.
Most people associate delivery companies as using drones to deliver other items, but Postmates has pulled a 180 and is using cars to deliver drones. Though, Postmates reportedly has also been testing its own robotic delivery (maybe one day we’ll have drones delivering drones!).
For drone owners who rent out their drone, Up Sonder offers a $1,000,000 liability insurance policy, and damage is covered under UpSonder’s Provider Guarantee that will replace or repair the drones up to $2,500. For those renting or looking to provide services, Up Sonder encourages them to buy their own private drone insurance through Verifly before taking flight.
Earlier this year, Drone360 magazine named Up Sonder as one of the top five drone startups to watch in 2017.