Pie in the sky: New Zealand makes pizza drone de­liv­ery

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

WELLING­TON: The world’s first pizza drone de­liv­ery was claimed yes­ter­day by the New Zealand di­vi­sion of fast food gi­ant Domino’s, as it looks to grab a slice of a po­ten­tially hot fu­ture mar­ket.

Domino’s said it used an un­manned aerial ve­hi­cle to de­liver two piz­zas to a cus­tomer at Whanga­paraoa, just north of Auck­land. The firm’s boss Don Meij said drones were set to be­come an es­sen­tial part of pizza de­liv­er­ies. “They can avoid traf­fic con­ges­tion and traf­fic lights, and safely re­duce the de­liv­ery time and dis­tance by trav­el­ling di­rectly to cus­tomers’ homes,” he said. “This is the fu­ture. To­day’s suc­cess­ful de­liv­ery was an im­por­tant proof of this con­cept.” He said tests would con­tinue at Whanga­paraoa this week, with a view to ex­pand­ing the de­liv­ery area next year.

Domino’s said it was also ex­am­in­ing us­ing drones in Aus­tralia, Bel­gium, France, the Nether­lands, Ja­pan and Ger­many. In March, the com­pany un­veiled a robot cart be­ing tri­aled in New Zealand that it claimed was the world’s first driver­less pizza de­liv­ery ve­hi­cle.

— AFP

WHANGA­PARAOA, NEW ZEALAND: This un­dated hand­out photo re­ceived yes­ter­day by Domino’s Pizza shows a drone de­signed to de­liver piz­zas in flight.

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