Almost three months after its demonstration, the world’s first commercial drone pizza delivery has finally became a reality. Domino’s in New Zealand took their delivery service to a whole new level when they partnered with Flirtey to deliver the first pizza with a drone in November 2016.
The unmanned aerial vehicle, DRU Drone by Flirtey, was autonomously controlled using GPS navigation, overseen by a team of drone experts and a qualified and experienced drone pilot.
Domino’s Group CEO and Managing Director, Don Meij, said the successful DRU Drone by Flirtey delivery came just three months after the companies announced their partnership, but followed a number of operational and product trials, including food temperature testing, and liaison with government.
The drones themselves are custom models developed by Flirtey using carbon fibre, aluminium and 3D printed components. They’re equipped with a tether to safely lower their cargo into customers’ properties, and include features like the ability to return to their home base or another safe location autonomously in case they’re low on battery power or a loss of their GPS signal.
Customers Emma and Johnny Norman were the first to enjoy drone-delivered pizza
Domino’s claimed the flying pizza touched down after a flight of less than 5 minutes.
They chose New Zealand for its initial drone delivery roll-out because of the country’s relatively mild regulations, unlike neighbouring Australia which has laws preventing autonomous delivery methods.
Domino’s is looking at opportunities for drone delivery trials in its six other markets – Australia, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Japan and Germany.