First Pizza Delivery By Drone, Kind Of…

Posted on May 29, 2014 by


By Sarah Dougherty, GlobalPost Correspondent

Let’s say you’re a busy Italian restaurant in South Mumbai. Your customer wants a pizza delivered NOW NOW NOW but traffic is totally insane. What do you do?

You send that pizza by drone!

 On May 11, Francesco’s Pizzeria became the first restaurant in India to successfully pull this off. Normally it sends out an employee on a motorcycle and the delivery takes about 30 minutes.

This time it used a remote-controlled, GPS-enabled four-rotor drone which, flying at 30 kilometers an hour, made the trip in about 10 minutes.

The unmanned aerial vehicle zipped up to the rooftop of the 21-story apartment building where the hungry customer was waiting, dropped off its payload, then returned to the restaurant.

Actually, as it turns out, the “customer” was a friend of Mikhel Rajani, the restaurant’s CEO, “so technically it was not a sale,” notes the Times of India.

This boring detail is important because it’s still illegal to use drones for commercial delivery in India. But one day that’ll all change and Francesco’s Pizza will be ready.



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