Joey Tribbiani of FRIENDS fame would’ve vouched for this innovation where his favourite Pizzas could’ve been delivered in the fastest way possible. Pizzas are now delivered in air thanks to the innovation named “Domicopter”. After joining hands with a UAV delivery service Flirtey, Domino’s now boasts of a major breakthrough in the world of automation by delivering pizzas in drones. Recently, it has successfully delivered its first commercial delivery to Emma and Johnny Norman’s home in Whangaparaoa, New Zealand. Domino’s claimed the flying cheesy pie touched down their residence in less than 5 minutes.
“We invested in this partnership, and technology, because we believe drone delivery will be an essential component of our pizza deliveries, so even more customers can receive the freshest, hottest pizza we can offer,” said Domino’s Group CEO Don Meij. He further added, “They can avoid traffic congestion and traffic lights, and safely reduce the delivery time and distance by travelling directly to customers’ homes. This is the future.”
Domino’s wants to achieve a delivery time of less than 10 minutes and confirmed further drone delivery trials in Australia, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Japan and Germany. Meij also assured that there won’t be any dearth of jobs due to this. He affirms, “This will actually create jobs. As we expand, we will look to hire additional team members whose roles will be focused on drone order loading and fleet management..” On the other hand, Federal aviation administration authorities estimated that private drones will make a 90 billion dollar industry within 10 years.
This was first tested in an opticopter where the device carried two large pepperoni pizzas and conducted a flight over a city in London. The drones are made up of carbon fibre, aluminium and other components to make it light yet powerful enough to carry a Pizza box. The drones also have tethers attached to drop down the pizza boxes safely to their customers. These GPS installed drones are also capable of getting itself home in case the battery is low or there is any form of GPS failure.
India still needs to wait for quite a while for such “flying” cheesy delights due to the restrictions on flying unmanned aircrafts for commercial purposes.