TechCrunch article Uber is working on drones to help its students study overseas, the company said in a blog post Monday.
The drone project is in the works for its new education division, UberEd, which is being led by former Uber executive Chris Parsons.
In an interview with TechCrunch, Parsons said the drones could be used to study abroad for students in rural areas in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia, and to help train teachers in other parts of Africa.
He also said that students could study for a few days at a time while on the ground in remote locations.
The drones could also help with the logistics of studying abroad, such as transporting students and equipment to locations they need.
In addition, the drones will be able to deliver students back home to a safe location.
“I can tell you that we are looking at many things,” Parsons said.
“We’re going to be looking at things that are really exciting to do with the drones and how to use them for research and education.”
The drones are expected to be launched in the second half of this year.