Pizza retailer, Domino’s has announced that it will start delivering food using drones following a new agreement with Flirtey.
New Zealand has been chosen as the launch market for what is claimed to be the first commercial drone delivery service in the world. A drone pizza delivery was demonstrated in Auckland today and was attended by the NZ Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Minister for Transport, Simon Bridges.
The demonstration was conducted under Civil Aviation Rules Part 101 and marks a final step in Flirtey’s approval process for commercial drone flights. Initial CAA-approved trials of customer deliveries will start with a select product range and within a limited distance of a store, Domino’s said.
Flights to customer homes will begin later this year following the beginning of daylight savings in New Zealand. Product options and delivery distance will expand throughout the trial process as the retailer successfully completes each step in the trial.
New Zealand has been selected as the launch market given its current regulations which enable businesses to embrace unmanned aircraft opportunities, which enable the gradual testing of new and innovative technologies.