From Pizzaman to Pizzadrone


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The use of drones has become widespread; they have been benefiting farmers and wine makers with their crops, construction workers with their work, film makers with filming scenes, and even in the health sector by delivering vaccines to hard to reach places. Based on these examples, it is safe to say that drones can offer great benefits to society.

Meanwhile, companies are also looking to get a piece of the action. The number of UK companies with permits to use drones commercially has doubled since 2014.

The only thing standing in their way are laws and regulations. Regulations state that drones may not fly higher than 120 metres, and no father than 500 metres from the drone operator. They have to be 150 metres away from congested areas, unless the device weighs less than 7 kg and cannot be flown within 150 metres of an open-air assembly of 1,000 people or more.

These regulations are in place to protect people’s privacy, who knows what a owner may do with the footage they obtain flying their drones places they do not belong. Or, what major consequences could the influence of drones have if they place part in public demonstrations? In a football match between Albania and Serbia a drone with Albanian symbols was flown onto the field, which caused an on-field fight.

However, the drone lobby is pushing hard for government to amend the laws so that they no longer have to be operated in the line of sight of the pilot, which is an essential regulation change if deliveries were to be delivery by drone.

Pizza drone deliveries aren’t a new topic, but a recent interview with Helen Greiner, the founder of drone maker CyPhy Works revealed that the sky may be filled with drones a lot sooner than we all think.

She said; “From a technical point of view, we can do it, [but] it will take regulatory and cultural changes. The FAA is right to now allow it today, but more experimentation would be great for the community. [The FAA] has signalled they are open to changing the rules if we can prove it is safe.

I can already picture what pizza nights with the roommates would like…

Pizzadrone

References

Doward, J. (2015). Delivering pizza, making films … now safety fears grow over use of drones. [online] the Guardian. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/15/drones-safety-fears-grow-privacy-pizza-films [Accessed 9 Oct. 2015].

Rosario, F. (2014). Pizzeria owner uses drone to deliver pie in test flight. [online] New York Post. Available at: http://nypost.com/2014/11/07/pizzeria-owner-uses-drone-to-deliver-pie-in-test-flight/ [Accessed 9 Oct. 2015].

Russell, J. (2015). Drones Will Deliver Your Pizza, And Much Much More. [online] TechCrunch. Available at: http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/21/drones-will-deliver-your-pizza-and-much-much-more/ [Accessed 9 Oct. 2015].

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2 responses to “From Pizzaman to Pizzadrone”

  1. jessevanhofwegen says :

    Hi 373456sj, thanks for your interesting post! I thinks this will be the future, and as you already mentioned in you intro, several industries will make use of drone delivery. Amazon is also testing with drone delivery in the US. For the business case assignment of DBA our team made a platform for bol.com in the Netherlands, focused on drone delivery. We found out that it is feasible to deliver some packages by drone, however, the European regulations lay far behind the technology development. This enormously slows down the process, as no company is going to invest huge amounts of money in something of which you are unsure about whether it’s within two years still legal or not. You mentioned exactly the current issue about the drone delivery development. Great post.

  2. 328279fy says :

    Thank you for this interesting post. I believe that the use of drones in the health care is one of the greatest benefits of drones. Especially, in the west coast of North America you can notice a lot of development in medicine delivery by drones. An example of this is the start-up called QuiQui that delivers medicine with drones. This technology will allow people to lives because they can deliver not only medicine to rural parts that are difficult to reach but they can also deliver food, water and other necessary things to people who are isolated and in emergency situations. I am curious to see further developments in this technology. However, I am worried about the possible consequences or accidents if regulations become less strict for drones, resulting into a sky full of drones flying around, whether this is for recreational purposes or humanitarian purposes.

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