A restaurant in India’s finance capital Mumbai has made a history by using an unmanned drone to deliver a pizza to its customer.
New Delhi, May 22/Nationalturk – A restaurant in India’s finance capital Mumbai used an unmanned drone to deliver a pizza to its customer.
It was for the first time in India that any restaurant or for that matter any business house has used drone to deliver its product to the customer.
“We have read about Amazon’s plans of using drones. We successfully carried out a test-delivery by sending a pizza to a customer located 1.5 km away from our outlet on May 11,” said Mikhel Rajani, chief executive of Francesco’s Pizzeria in Mumbai was quoted as saying by media reports.
He said it was only a test-flight to confirm whether the technology can be used routinely to deliver products to customer.
Rajani said a four-rotor drone took off with the order from its outlet in central Mumbai’s Lower Parel area and delivered it to a high-rise building in adjacent Worli area.
The restaurant officials have made a video of the delivery.
’Drone saves time and costs for company’
“The drone saves time and costs for a company like his, which would otherwise depend on a two-wheeler borne agent to deliver the pizzas,” Rajani said adding every customised drone costs around USD 2,000.
He said at present, there are certain restrictions on the regulatory front like the drone not allowed to fly above 400 feet altitude and barred from flying over security establishments.
“At present the drones are being operated manually but in future, we can have drones fly by themselves on predetermined flight paths made using GPS data,” added Rajani.
It needs to be seen whether other restaurants in India will follow the suit or “wait and watch”.
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