Burritos delivered by Drone! Guzman Y Gomez testing in NSW & ACT


Now here's a good use for technology.

Google's parent company, Alphabet, has teamed up with Australian retailers Chemist Warehouse and Guzman y Gomez for a new phase of drone-based delivery trial.

But why Australia? Why has Project Wing decided that rural Australians need burritos more than, say, a tech reporter in Chicago that tragically lives a 15-minute walk from any decent Mexican restaurant?

The Australian tests are taking place in a rural community near Canberra, the national capital, where residents "face a 40-minute round trip in the vehicle for nearly anything, whether it's a carton of milk, veggies for dinner, or a cup of coffee", Burgess said in a company blog post. "This is more complicated than it looks", Burgess wrote in a blogpost. "In early 2016, we successfully completed our first drone deliveries to members of the public in an open field at Virginia Tech University", shared Burgess in his blog a couple of days ago.

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The issues range from programming the devices to maneuver safely around obstacles like parked cars or outdoor furniture to following customers' wishes to set down perishable food items close to their kitchens.

"This fall, we've been testing in a rural community on the border of the ACT and NSW and tackling an entirely different level of operational complexity: making deliveries directly to people's yards", said James Ryan Burgess, co-lead of Project Wing, in a Medium post.

A "tester" orders via app, which it sends to the Guzman y Gomez Drone Mothership. Project Wing has also been collaborating with communities in Southeastern Australia to test its drone delivery service.

The drones will be used to pick up the order from partners' loading sites and then transport and deliver the goods to testers at their residences. The Australian countryside will soon witness drones delivering food and medicines. Amazon pulled off its first drone delivery in the United Kingdom last December with an Amazon Fire device and a bag of popcorn.