Sigh. Prepare for loads of credulous coverage, matching the wave of reporting on the Pirate Bay's stoned suggestion that "we're going to use, er....GPS drones!....to file-trade from the sky. With Raspberry Pi."
just saw the video... totally unrealistic numbers about costs and maintanance of the vehicles (1000$ + 100$/year). Even hobby drones cost more than that :-) An we are talking about a business here. And then start talking about reliability. The car example fits: A normal new car works for thousands of km... (normally :-)
@Rob a teenager on a push bike is all weather and fairly cheap to operate.
Who would pay for all the pilot training???
I think its a most excellent viral ad or prank and for that can be applauded but I expect as Chris says there will be plenty of its a world first type serious reports about this.
If something goes wrong on landing, it will deliver the pizza already sliced. Plus trim the grass of your garden. Look at the advantages!!!
And they play the theme to 007 all the way!
How exactly do the intend to secure these $1000 delivery bots...
Am I the only one who can see the possibility of thieves ordering up some tacos to someone else's place, then when the quad shows up, disabling it, removing the GPS and becoming the proud new owner of a quad?? More importantly, do I have to tip the quad / pilot?
I downloaded the taco order app from the android "play" store, but I'm having a problem with it. Apparently the app requires a gps fix before it lets you place an order - but I'm stuck in the basement in meetings until mid afternoon -- which is why I need to order tacos. Also, they say they can only deliver 8oz cans of soda and only one per order. If the can of soda explodes in my face after the air-drop, then I'll be really annoyed. Plus facilities management isn't answering my page to let me out on the roof. I think this whole idea sucks.
Ha stoned idea,its why they are using it for munchies!
@marcS i think you need a new car,mine was like that!
"Beats me how a business model could make a case for delivering a $5 item with a really expensive thing."
Think about the ratio between the price of a pizza to that of a car and driver. That model seems to work.
I have been working on quadcopter burrito delivery for some time now. Dead serious!
The difference is there is already a roadway system and parking spaces for cars and bicycles, whereas the "parking requirement" for a largish quad is going to require building something on site. I can certainly see an office, hotel, or apartment building with a "drone port" on the roof, but I have a much harder time seeing the same concept work for household delivery. It could be a fun little service for a cadre of nerds in silicon valley, but it can't possibly transition to suburbia without every buyer being generally "involved" in the project.
@Aaron If you do get burrito copter working I would love to see some video of it. Also, how are you dealing with landings ?
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