Things You Can Actually Get Delivered By Drone

The future of on-demand is almost certainly robotic, although it’s certainly taking its sweet time thanks to municipalities and governments dragging their feet on implementing regulation. However, unlike several April Fools’ pranks promising booze by air, there exist real, functioning drone services that, well, deliver, or are at least show us what’s possible.

Your stuff
Bizzby, a UK company that helps users find people to help them with errands, has rolled out an app that will allow you to deliver small items between two points. The idea is simple: if you forget your keys, you can use the app to call a drone that transports them from your significant other to your location. Trials have seen drones deliver items across London in as little as 10 minutes. The service is expected to launch once Bizzby is granted government approval.

Online shopping
While Amazon’s Prime Air drone delivery service has hit a few speed bumps, it is a very real thing that’s very likely to happen—and it’s currently being tested in a remote part of Canada. (United States regulations proved too strict.) The proposed service is expected to deliver online orders within 30 minutes of a customer placing them. According to CTW News, Amazon’s application describes an aircraft that can hit 80 kilometres an hour and is capable of carrying up to 2.3 kilograms.

A Russian pizzeria has successfully delivered a pie across the city of Syktyvkar, stoking the fantasies of every hungry sports fan who has ever dreamed of receiving cheesy goodness by air. Their aircraft can carry loads of up to 11 pounds at around 25 miles per hours, ensuring the delivery was made within 30 minutes. Pizza chain Domino’s has tested a similar delivery system in the UK.

Food and booze
Transportation of alcohol and food by drone will likely be one of the most strictly regulated services once it goes live—in public, at least. On the privacy of its own premises, one Singapore restaurant allows guests to receive orders by drone. The system is called Infinium-Serve, and it allows a cook to load the in-house drone with up to 4.4 pounds of food (roughly the weight of a pizza and two pints of beer). The Casa Madrona Hotel, a high-end establishment in San Francisco, sends champagne-toting drones straight to the terrace of guests staying in its $10,000-a-night rooms.

Medical supplies

Australian start-up Flirtey has launched a service that delivers emergency medical supplies by drone. The commercial drones have already flown at least one successful mission, sending first-aid gear to New Zealand’s Land Search and Rescue team during a bid to find a missing person. Thanks to Oceania’s seemingly lenient aviation rules, Flirtey bills itself as the world’s first drone delivery service, and counts courier, fast food and online retail deliveries among its other services. Lucky for us, it has plans to expand into North America.
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