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Russia Develops Pizza Delivery Drone While U.S. Lags Woefully Behind

Russia Pizza Delivery Drone

The Moscow Times reports that a Russian company has perfected the technology to deliver pizzas via drone:

A pizzeria in the Komi republic’s capital city of Syktyvkar has launched a helicopter drone-delivery service.

DoDo Pizza’s first unmanned delivery was made on Saturday to much applause from witnesses in the city’s main square.

According to the regional news agency FlashNord, the drone was able to complete its task in just half an hour, and the pizzeria’s owners plan to make drone deliveries a regular practice.

The chopper drones have been outfitted with everything necessary to ensure the deliveries go smoothly: they even contain video cameras monitored by the restaurant’s manager, who calls the customer at the time of delivery to make sure the pizza does not fall into the wrong hands.

Once the manager sees that a customer has come outside to accept the delivery, the pizza is lowered to the ground using a cable. The drones are not yet equipped to accept cash; payments must be made at the time an order is placed, using a bank card.

The chopper drones were developed by a Russian company called CopterExpress, which says in a statement on its website that the devices can generate a speed of up to 40 kilometers per hour and can carry up to five kilograms.

Here’s video showing the drone in operation:

To date, drone delivery is something that has been discussed in the United States but not implemented on any wide scale. Dominos has talked about the idea of pizza delivery via drone and, of course, there’s the Amazon drone delivery plan that Jeff Bezos talked about on 60 Minutes last year.  Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration has shut down a service that delivered beer to fisherman on the ice in Minnesota, is trying to ban drones used to provide first-person camera views of famous sites and this week issued a ruling that effectively seems to outlaw drone delivery services for the time being. Meanwhile,  the National Park Service has banned drones in National Parks. Elsewhere in the world, there’s a restaurant in London where sushi is delivered by drone, and now the Russians have this pizza delivery drone.

When is this nation going to address the Delivery Drone Gap?

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About Doug Mataconis
Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May, 2010 and also writes at Below The Beltway. Follow Doug on Twitter | Facebook

Comments

  1. This is just so that when Russia starts drone attacks on the Ukranian military, they can just claim that it’s really cross border pizza deliveries.

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  2. Mr. Coffee says:

    US Lags Woefully Behind!!!
    Pizza loses greenhouse gasses as it cools.
    The EPA will never allow this.

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  3. rudderpedals says:

    It’s all fun and games until Misha puts his eye out

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  4. DC Loser says:

    We have a massive Pizza Delivery Drone Gap under Obama!!!

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  5. al-Ameda says:

    I’m sorry but, we can’t have it all.
    We have choices to make here in America. What are our priorities?
    Do we want:
    (a) to run multiple investigations of Benghazi, or
    (b) have greasy pizzas delivered by drone to guys watching college and NFL football games?

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