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Lofty Ambitions In Food Delivery: Your Drone Is On Its way

Lofty Ambitions In Food Delivery: Your Drone Is On Its way

Thomas Miller

Food delivery has gone a long way over the past couple decades. Zipping down the streets on bicycles, motor bikes, or cars, are food drivers with large thermos backpacks from Uber Eats, Foodora, Skip the Dishes, Zomato, and more. Since the Uber model entered food deliver, it has become a win / win situation for all parties involved. Virtually anyone can become a driver, part time for side income or full time as a job, Restaurants receive more orders because of the convenience and efficiency of the apps, and those ordering receive their meal fast and fresh. There is also a degree of safety for delivery drivers because beforehand most restaurants has a 40 minutes to delivery or its free policy, causing many drivers with a long list of deliveries to rush and risk car accidents. The question remains, what innovations in food delivery are still to be made. While the answer for many is only up, literally up.

Welcome food drones. At the moment, drones are primarily seen as tiny helicopters being flown for simply fun or to capture amazing aerial photography or videos. In the military, drones have been used to scope out targets and find enemies, as an eye in the sky. However, in terms of delivery, drones may prove to be revolutionary sooner than is thought. Amazon is already conducting extensive research on drone technology for delivery parcels. In the near future, restaurants may simply have to prepare a customer’s meal, input their address, and send the drone flying directly to their door for delivery. This way, food will be delivered faster as there is no waiting in traffic and also, more safely, given food drivers are no longer whizzing between cars to rack up a certain number of deliveries per hour. In fact, it is estimated that a drone will be able to make an average of 15 deliveries per hour as opposed to only 3 by human driver. Of course, drones replacing humans is a tremendous loss to those that rely on delivering food as a source of income. For the customer and the restaurant, however, drone delivery can be incredibly beneficial. Aside from the faster and safer delivery as an advantage, drones also take more delivery cars or motor bikes off the road and are therefore better for the environment. When all the factors are combined, delivery drones can be a much more effective and efficient system.

Having said this, there are a number of drawbacks to drone food delivery or drone delivery in general. Many people can become annoyed at the thought of hundreds of drones cluttering the skies and proving to be a major eyesore. Even the whizzing sound of the helicopter blades can become a nuisance that is hard to adjust to. Further, as drones are known to capture videos and photos, this raises the question of privacy. Having drones fly by homes or apartments is understandably discomforting as an invasion of privacy, and if drone delivery becomes common, there could be peeping toms literally ‘flying under the radar’ posing as food drones when they in actual fact have spy cams attached. The other obvious challenge is with any technical device itself. Drones will be prone to errors, defects, and even in-air collisions. What happens then? Forget the food or parcel not being delivered and remember to wear a helmet when going for a walk as that drone may fall from the sky. This can pose risks of damage, injury, and even death. Imagine driving on the street or highway when a heavy, defective drone crash into the windshield. The accidents this can cause go beyond broken glass and some customer’s undelivered burrito smashed on the car’s hood. Flying drones is also not a ‘rain or shine’ guarantee. During inclement weather and heavy winds, drones crash or fail. The electrical mechanics of the drone can also become faulty if caught in rain. There are also many other negative scenarios to consider. For instance, what if the drone delivers to the wrong address, whether from human or technical error. How then is this quickly indicated, other than the customer calling later? Perhaps, the address is correct, but the customer has dropped asleep after a long workday. With no knock or ring at the door, they do not hear their phone beep to notify of the drone’s arrival. Finally, what if the customer accepts the order but then, after the drone has left, opens to discover an incorrect order? After the customer contacts the restaurant, do they return the food via drone or does the restaurant literally eat the cost and re-send by another drone. Unfortunately, there are also those that intend to steal drones and may deliberately knock them from the sky to then disable and reroute their mechanism. While drone delivery is an exciting and innovative thought for the near future, companies that design the technology must consider and be willing to take all these risks as well as get the public on board.

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Whether drone delivery grow in popularity or even ‘take flight’ in the first place, there are still a lot of challenges and research still to be done. However, people are always ‘hungry’ for exciting innovations and so you may be ordering pizza via drone in the next few years.

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