Amazon.com recently announced Prime Air: they are going to deliver packages via drone. San Francisco innovators Skycatch announced TacoCopter, drone-based taco deliveries. They just raised $13.2 million.
Francesco’s Pizzeria in Mumbai, India – a city of 12 million people on the Ancient Silk Route – has upped the stakes in the global robot fast food market, using a drone to deliver a pizza a mile away from their store. They see the $2000 drones as a way to beat
Exodus Mumbai’s notorious traffic.
Police will also ask Air Traffic Controller whether Francesco’s Pizzeria outlet had a correspondence with them.
When contacted, an ATC official said he did not know whether the outlet had sought permission from them.
The official, however, categorically stated, “As per norms, permission must be taken for flying any such object.”
“We are very sensitive towards anything that flies in the sky with the help of remote control. We will certainly ask the outlet’s administration as to why it did not inform us before carrying out this experiment. We also seek full details pertaining to the drone test,” Madhukar Pandey, Additional Police Commissioner (Central Region) in whose jurisdiction the drone was flown, told PTI.
“We will also ask the ATC if it was consulted by the outlet. After studying all the aspects, we will decide the future course of action,” Pandey said.
According to sources, terror threat has been lingering over the city and inputs available with police suggest that terror organisations might strike using paragliding and unmanned drones.
One benefit of drone delivery? Like Über, you don’t need to tip.
These pizza guys should team up with Burning Man aerial catering specialist Steven Gluckstern.