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Multinational pizza megacorp Domino's claims it is trialling pizza delivery drones in New Zealand. In partnership with quadcopter delivery business Flirtey, Domino's demonstrated the service in Auckland today, in complete compliance with New Zealand's civil aviation regulation. The publicity stunt managed to attract the …

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Anonymous Coward

I'd like to order a bug pizza

You want 'bugs' on your pizza?

No bro, I want a bug one!

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Doesn't seem very useful

How many customers are going to live somewhere in range where its safe to land a drone and how often are weather conditions suitable to fly it? A pizza in a box could easily catch a gust of wind and crash a drone. And of course there are hazards like wires, pylons, trees, rain, fog, buildings, night etc.

And I bet animals like seagulls would soon get the knack of attacking drones if there was a delicious pizza hanging underneath it. And people griefing the drone / vandalizing it because it's human nature to do it.

Until someone figures out how to solve these issues I don't see this anything more than a lame PR exercise.

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Re: Doesn't seem very useful

adding miniguns(or lazers when technology advances, or lazer miniguns) to drones would solve all problems

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Doesn't seem very useful

What's a lazer?

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Re: What's a lazer?

Legumes,

Artichokes,

Zanetti and

Extra

Roquito

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Re: Doesn't seem very useful

The word lazer comes from the acronym:

Light

Amplification by the

Ztimulated

Emission of

Radiation

obvs.

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Joke

Re: Doesn't seem very useful

What's a lazer?

A ray gun that doesn't try very hard?

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Lazer may refer to:

Lazer, Hautes-Alpes, France

Lazer, a brand of Turkish chewing gum

Panther Lazer, a car

Lazer 103, a Wisconsin radio station

Lazer 99.3, a Massachusetts radio station

Lazer Team, a 2015 feature film by Rooster Teeth Productions

Major Lazer

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Re: Doesn't seem very useful

TJ Lazer, the show within Robocop.

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Line of sight?

How do you maintain line of sight to the drone if you are landing in (say) someone's garden behind a fence?

Line of sight (if not by use of FPV displays) would be handy if the pizza shop (or delivery vehicle) is just on the other side of a narrow river, without a nearby bridge but otherwise this seems like a gimmick.

You need to be fairly close by when landing/taking off these things to avoid obstacles - particularly non-static ones....

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Re: Line of sight?

At least the regulations don't require someone to run (or fly) in front of the drone with a red flag.

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WTF?

Stooopeed!

"the drones need to be kept within line-of-sight at all times"

So the operator / operatress(?) walks along with the drone, which means that instead of the pizza (not that the stuff D's sell is related to that) being delivered by a motorscooter it will arrive at walking speed.

Alternative plans: https://what-if.xkcd.com/149/

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What you have is two drones. Each with two cameras. One camera for looking where it is going and the other watches the other drone to maintain line of sight at all times.

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Re: Stooopeed!

Alternative alternative plan, satellite delivered pizza!

(Please step outside before ordering)

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The drone operator could be a passenger in a helicopter following behind the drone.

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Anonymous Coward

I object!

Dominoe's is to pizza what sun baked bloated road kill is to fine French cuisine...

Oh wait.

Fuck. Nevermind...

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I accidentally mixed up this "pizza delivery by drones" article with the "eagles against drones" one, which inevitably leads to this calculation for "pizza delivery by eagles", http://what-if.xkcd.com/149/ .

Somewhat unrelatedly, our local curryhouse has been unsuccessfully trialling "delivery by crone" instead, meaning cold food and random substitutions plus bewildering conversations.

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Gotta love our left pondian friends....a normal 20" pizza..as opposed to enough to feed a family of 4....for a week......

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"Somewhat unrelatedly, our local curryhouse has been unsuccessfully trialling "delivery by crone" instead, meaning cold food and random substitutions plus bewildering conversations."

Ah yes, "Home style food, just like Mom makes"

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Don't play with your food! Sit up straight and eat up!

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But...

Aren’t they normally transported in a thermal box or bag so it's still hot when you get it?

It'd just go cold really quickly, air at speed will do that!

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If you live in line of sight of the pizza shop

Get off the couch and walk dude!

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'Trialled'?

Are reporters paid by the letter nowadays? Was the word 'tested' too short?

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Headmaster

Re: 'Trialled'?

I was more concerned by the use of 'almost uniquely'.

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Hope I get my deep-pan pepperoni

and not a consignment of prison drugs by accident.

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"Latest Company Resorts to Drone Story to Advertise Products"

Move along, nothing to see... (pie in the sky?)

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"Latest Company Resorts to Drone Story to Advertise Products"

Which is exactly what this is. Most of Auckland is a no-fly zone for drones anyway, and Simon Bridges is the worst kind of clueless party hack who will attend the opening of an envelope if he thinks it will get him on the TV news. (Which this story did).

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I've never understood why people will pay Dominoes prices.

I think they adopt the "Sofa" marketing philosophy of permanent half price offer. Even then its extortionate.

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Anonymous Coward

They only did it 'cause of fame. Who? M.F.I.

To paraphrase an old DFS/MFI joke, is the definition of "unlucky" someone who pays full price for a Domino's pizza the one day a year they didn't have a sale on?

Or is that just stupidity? ;-)

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It will last 3 weeks, a month maximum

the street kids and bogans (read: chavs down under) will knock them out of the sky for fun and / or sell them round the back of the pub. it will become prohibitively expensive experiment that will make people realise: humans have not yet collectively grown up enough to deal with this sort of technology yet.

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Line of sight

Slap an 10m tall antennae on top of Mt Eden. That would give line of sight of about 50km - more than enough to cover Auckland from Whangaparoa to Papakura. (Except for those annoying bits where hills and buildings get in the way).

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That would be most of Auckland then, right?

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All the bits worth visiting at any rate...

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30m from houses

Bugger that for a game of soldiers- having to walk 30m to get a pizza when everyone else delivers it to your door.

I mean, the only reason one gets delivery pizza is because of laziness*, amiright? It's not for the taste, price or nutritional content that's for sure.

* OK, alright I'll allow drunkenness as well

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