What a time to be alive. Domino's is now delivering pizza via drones

What a time to be alive. Domino's is now delivering pizza via drones
Thanks to the ever-increasing power of technology, ordering things online and getting them delivered to your home is now speedier than it's ever been before. Amazon Prime Now offers free 2-hour deliveries for certain locations, EAT24 allows you to easily order food from all of your favorite restaurants, and services like Uber and Lyft allow us to get a ride from anywhere with the simple use of our smartphones. It really is an exciting time to be alive, and thanks to a new move by Domino's, this world just got a little bit more awesome.

Domino's has teamed up with drone-maker Flirtey to deliver fresh, hot pizzas via autonomous drones, and the duo just conducted their first successful delivery tests in New Zealand earlier this week. Domino's is currently only delivering pizza via drone to select households in the area of New Zealand that they're testing this service in, but it officially marks the first time that pizzas have been delivered to customers through the air. The drone that's being used for these tests is the Flirtey DRU Drone, and it features direct integration with Domino's own GPS and online-ordering systems. The drone itself is constructed out of a combination of 3D-printed components, carbon fiber, and aluminium. The pizzas are lowered via a tether system, and if the DRU Drone's battery runs low or if it loses its GPS signal, it has a built-in safety feature that forces it to either find a safe place to land or to return home.

As per Domino's Group CEO and Managing Director Don Meij - 

Although exact details on Domino's plans for expansion of this services have yet to be announced, successful test runs and a demand from their customers for this service should mean that we won't have to wait too much longer before more countries and cities are eligible to have their pizza delivered to them by a drone. I'm personally not the biggest fan of Domino's pizza, but a move like this could very well change that.

source: Domino's via SlashGear



8. aljololzz

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 07, 2016

is this real ?

5. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

It's a neat concept, but the bad thing is this, like uber's self driven cars, will eliminate the human element and slightly increase unemployment.

6. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

People will just switch fields like they always have.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It's the digital age, people are getting replaced by machines in the workplace. This trend makes it increasingly more important for today's youth to go to college and develop skills in an industry that is less likely to be negatively impacted by ever improving tech. We now have self-checkouts at Walmart, online shopping, digital streaming of media, drone delivery, self-driving trucks, 3D printing... it's all going to cost people jobs.

4. BobLawblaw unregistered

With the 7.8 quake the other day there'll be no roads left so airborne is the way to go..

3. Subie

Posts: 2477; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Awesome, I guess there won't be a driver to tip :D

10. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Guess you will just have to tip the drone :P

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Domino's pizzais kinda crappy, but this tech of delivering stuffs via drones - another interesting move of technology. Though I wonder how practical would this be, not to mention saftey in delivery without someone physically watching over the drone as it flies to it's pre-determined destination, because of crooks who could just shoot down the drone outta the air, then bag the package which the drone was on it's way to deliver somewhere.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7697; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I wonder if it's only the pizza, or can it delivery the entire meal, including drinks? Hey if it's coming in for a drop off, do I get to keep the drone as well ;-) I will have to order 10 pizzas at different times, and get 10 drones. What a meal deal.

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