Tak­ing pizza de­liv­ery to new heights

The Sun (Malaysia) - - LIFESTYLE -

THE WORLD’S first pizza drone de­liv­ery was claimed re­cently 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 ( right) 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, 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 ( right) be­ing tri­alled in New Zealand that it claimed was the world’s first driver­less pizza de­liv­ery ve­hi­cle. – AFP-Re­laxnews

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