A few years ago Joe Grand presented his team’s pizza delivering robot on an episode of Prototype This. (See the video here.) The idea was cool but never caught on with any major pizza chain, probably due to the use of a ground based robot, which would be difficult to reliably navigate in unpredictable urban terrain.
Now Domino’s Pizza is trying their hand at an aero drone-based delivery system. “Domino’s Pizza hired a creative agency called T + Biscuits to test the feasibility of octocopter drones that deliver a hot, delicious pizza to your doorstep. Heavily branded as the DomiCopter, the current prototype can deliver two, large pizzas in about ten minutes within a four mile radius of the store. While future versions could hypothetically use GPS coordinates to deliver the pie, the existing model is piloted from the ground by someone experienced in drone flight. The DomiCopter has eight spinning blades and includes the standard thermal insulation bag that’s carried around by Domino’s Pizza delivery drivers. Developed by a company called Aerosight, this type of drone is primarily used for capturing broadcast quality video with cameras.”