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