The future of being super lazy is here.
The New Zealand subsidiary of Domino’s Pizza announced on Thursday (Aug. 25) that it had partnered with Flirtey, as US drone delivery service, to start delivering pizzas to customers by drone.
The two companies recently conducted a successful delivery test-run in front of New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority and the country’s transport minister, Simon Bridges. Flirtey has conducted similar tests in the US—delivering Slurpees and snacks for 7-Eleven and medical supplies for hospitals—but it’s unclear if the company will be able to start operating in the US when regulations for commercial drones go into effect later this month.
This isn’t the first time Domino’s has experimented with drone delivery—there have similar advertising stunts in the UK and Greece—but it appears to be the company’s first step toward making the option available to regular customers. Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeny told Quartz this would be the “first commercial drone delivery service in the world.”
Domino’s is looking at a variety of robotic methods to outsource human delivery: It recently showed off a test it’s conducting to deliver pizzas with autonomous robots in Australia. Combine that with ordering a pizza through the company’s app, and a pizza-making robot, and there may come a point very soon when no humans are required to make a pizza and bring it to you.
Perhaps with robots like these, Domino’s will finally be able to guarantee deliveries in 30 minutes or less again—at least until robots take all of our jobs and we can’t afford pizzas anymore.
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