…which com­pany will ac­tu­ally roll out a fully func­tion­ing dronebased de­liv­ery ser­vice re­mains to be seen and is still a long way off.”

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showed why prac­ti­cally speak­ing the sys­tem would never go the dis­tance.

The Domi­copter — a Cines­tar 8 — cost $13,200, re­quired a li­censed and trained pi­lot, ad­di­tional GPS tech­nolo­gies and in­sur­ance in case of mis­chief or foul weather. Its range was limited (so the video prob­a­bly did not in­clude the trip back to the pizza joint). Most drones are built for pay­loads lighter than two large piz­zas, and more im­por­tantly, free use of air space was doomed to pro­hib­i­tive reg­u­la­tion.

In May 11, 2014, NBC News re­ported that Francesco’s Pizzeria in South Mumbai be­came the first restau­rant in In­dia to de­liver a pizza robot­i­cally by air, a 10-minute trip at 18 mph that nor­mally took the de­liv­ery guy on the bi­cy­cle 30 min­utes. The drone dropped the pie onto the rooftop of a 21-story apart­ment build­ing, all caught on video, of course.

The next month, Dodo Pizza in the north­ern Rus­sian city of Syk­tyvkar de­liv­ered a pizza in just un­der 30 min­utes, lead­ing its CEO to boast: "We have con­ducted the first in the world com­mer­cial de­liv­ery via drones. Un­til now many sim­i­lar vari­ants have been shown on videos, but we tried to de­liver real pizza to real cus­tomers”.

And then last Novem­ber, Williamsburg Pizza in Brook­lyn, New York, got

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