January’s tech of the month is inspired by Amazon’s plans to use drones to deliver goods, as an Italian restaurant in Mumbai, India makes moves to implement their own drone delivery system. Francesco’s Pizzeria takes the pizza business to a whole new level by using a flying drone known as the quadcopter, referring to its four propellers, to deliver pizzas to customers. Francesco’s Pizzeria posted a video back in May showcasing their drone pizza delivery system with the title, “Can a pizza be delivered by a robot?” along with the hashtag #DroneDeliversPizza. In the video, the customer orders his pizza by phone, and after the pizza is made, it is sent off for delivery strapped on to the quadcopter. The drone flies through doorways, across the city, and above skyscrapers before reaching its final destination to the customer on a rooftop.
“The delivery system now involves motorcycles, fuel costs, and salary for the delivery boys who often miss deadlines to deliver. Delivery using drones will not only be economic but also eco-friendly”, Francesco’s chief executive, Mikhel Rajani said.
This new innovative delivery system has decreased Francesco’s delivery time from thirty minutes to only ten minutes. Along with cutting down delivery time, delivering by drone cuts down on costs for fuel and wages. Rajani expects drone deliveries to be an established norm within the next four years.
Many industries are utilizing drone technology to increase efficiency in production and as a convenient way to deliver goods quickly. In our interactions with clients, we continue to hear about drone usage on construction sites, from transporting tools between employees and taking aerial videos of the job site. How are you seeing drones used in your industry? How do you think they could be used in the future?