Drone used to deliver pizza in Mumbai

An unmanned drone delivered a pie from Francesco's Pizzeria to a customer who was about a mile away.
By Evan Bleier  |  May 21, 2014 at 1:23 PM
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MUMBAI, May 21 (UPI) -- Wonder if they had to tip?

A Mumbai-based pizzeria recently used an unmanned drone to beat the traffic and deliver a pie to a customer who was about a mile away from the restaurant.

Francesco's Pizzeria in Mumbai used a four-rotor drone to make a pizza delivery to a high-rise building, reportedly the first time that a drone has ever been used for that purpose.

"All of us had read about (global e-commerce giant) 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," Francesco's Pizzeria chief executive Mikhel Rajani told the Times of India.

Even though the delivery was only a test, Rajani indicated that using drones could be a viable option for his eatery and that it could help with saving time and money. "What we have done now will be common place in the next four-five years," he said.

Drones like that one used by Francesco's retail for around $2,000 and are not allowed to fly above 400 feet. Larger drones that have eight rotors can carry around 17.5 pounds.

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