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.
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.
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