New Zealand’s pizza lovers will be among the first in the world to have their favorite meal delivered by a drone, Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced. Bridges welcomed the announcement that Domino’s Pizza Enterprises had joined forces with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developer Flirtey to launch the drone delivery service, Xinhua news agency reported. “Domino’s and Flirtey have chosen New Zealand for the trial because our forward-thinking aviation regulations encourage innovation, while protecting safety,” Bridges said in a statement. Also Read - Swiggy to soon deliver your food order using drones in IndiaAlso Read - COVID-19: Drones to be used to detect Coronavirus from the skies
New aviation rules came into force in August 2015 to regulate and enable the use of UAVs for recreational and commercial purposes in New Zealand. “The announcement of this trial confirms that New Zealand’s framework for UAVs is world-class. In addition, the government has reviewed the laws for driverless vehicles and small passenger service operators, to ensure New Zealand stays at the forefront of transport innovation,” said Bridges. The trial was also a valuable opportunity for the Civil Aviation Authority, the aviation safety regulator, to make sure that appropriate safety precautions were taken when the trial got underway later this year. The government is also continuing to work with Domino’s on the possibility of testing a driverless pizza delivery unit on land.
The US-based pizza chain announced in March it was exploring the possibility of testing a pizza delivery robot in New Zealand. Just recently, Google was granted a patent where with a new drone you can soon conduct virtual meetings. US tech giant Google has been granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for an unmanned aerial vehicle for collaboration called mobile telepresence system. The objective of a telepresence system is to present interactive video and audio between users in geographically-dispersed locations.
Many drones come with cameras but Google thinks a drone with a projector could be the answer to mobile telepresence conferencing, technology website. Google thinks that its unmanned drone could provide significant improvements in speed, maneuverability, energy consumption and facilitate access to cramped spaces. ALSO READ: Maharashtra government to use drones to control traffic