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Drones Are Now Delivering Mexican Food by Air in Rural Australia

Guzman Y Gomez is working with Google parent company Alphabet to deliver burritos by drone just outside of Canberra.
By Libby Curran
October 18, 2017
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Drones Are Now Delivering Mexican Food by Air in Rural Australia

Guzman Y Gomez is working with Google parent company Alphabet to deliver burritos by drone just outside of Canberra.
By Libby Curran
October 18, 2017
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Take heed, Deliveroo and Foodora — there's a new player in the food delivery game. And it can fly.

Kicking off this week in Royalla, NSW, Google parent company Alphabet has launched a trial of its drone delivery technology Project Wing, with Guzman Y Gomez one of two local retailers testing out the goods.

Over the next few trial months, the Mexican food chain will use the Project Wing drone to deliver food orders to paying customers in the area, which sits on the border of NSW and the ACT. Residents will use Wing's app to order their Guzman Y Gomez food (like burritos, mini burrito bowls and handy serves of guac and chips), which will be cooked at a custom test kitchen, picked up by the drone and delivered to the final destination in a matter of minutes, soaring through the sky at about 120 kilometres per hour. A specially engineered carry package will keep the food hot and (hopefully) intact.

The Project Wing crew has been working alongside the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and both local and state governments to ensure the drones won't be causing any mid-air mishaps or dropping off any unregulated deliveries.

Pharmacy chain Chemist Warehouse is the other retailer involved in this testing phase, offering drone delivery of around 100 of its products to residents in the Royalla area. If all goes to plan, the drones could be used to deliver items to Australians living on rural properties. Or just deliver lunch to your courtyard.

Published on October 18, 2017 by Libby Curran

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