On a lunch break last month, a small custom-built octacopter made a 10-minute flight through the city of Guildford, outside of London. Its special cargo: two large pepperoni pizzas.
The delivery was masterminded by a T + Biscuits, an English creative agency that was hired by Domino's to test prototypes. Read more here
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I think that's really great that they gave it a try and are publicising it a bit. Non military is nice. As others say, I agree that most systems are not quite there with the object avoidance but step-by-step we're getting there.
Delivering Pizza isn't the best example, and has many, many practical problems especially with the delivery part.
But a more controlled delivery system with fixed takeoff and landing Helipads would work, and could be used by companies to transport objects between office buildings, or perhaps even more importantly by hospitals to transport medicine and organs to other hospitals.
@Hugues - I think the answer is fairly clearly publicity. Since when would you hire a creative agency in Shoreditch (a hipster-central bit on London) to 'test prototypes'? I wonder who they actually got to do the quadcopter bit?
John has a point! A helipad at your apartment complex for delivery's makes some sense. You don't want your drunken neighbor getting a delivery to his door- what a mess. But a helipad that was protected during landing and opens after takeoff to let you get your goods makes some kind of sense.
do you really think it will be possible in furure ? Its a joke.
i dont want this kind of think flying above my head.
@Eduardo Yeah, don't worry, that's not going to happen. At least in the US there's a long way to go before you see something like that actually happen. There are so many safety issues involved.
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