Latest in Gear

Image credit: Alphabet

Alphabet brings burritos-by-drone delivery to Australia

The Project Wing team has been busy helping fill the bellies of people living in rural Australia.
671 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Alphabet

Apparently, Project Wing brought airborne burritos to Virginia Tech last year as preparation for something bigger. Alphabet X's experimental project is now dropping burritos (and medicine) from the skies of Australia as part of a series of tests to figure out how to run a drone delivery service efficiently. Project Wing Co-Lead James Ryan Burgess said they've teamed up with Australia Mexican food chain Guzman y Gomez and pharmacy chain Chemist Warehouse to drop off orders to testers living in a rural area. These testers usually have to take a 40-minute round trip by car to get to the nearest grocery or restaurant, making them the perfect subjects for Wing's experiments.

Project Wing has to conduct these tests, because while it has a system that can pre-configure routes, its drones rely on on-board sensors to avoid obstacles. The more tests the sensors go through, the better they become at protecting the UAVs from collision. Of course, the drones don't have tall buildings to look out for in a rural setting, but baby steps are a must.

Burgess said dropping off burritos will help them fine tune the logistics of getting food to customers while it's still hot. It'll also help them figure out how much time to give restos to cook, pack and load food. Delivering over-the-counter meds, vitamins and other items you can buy from drugstores, on the other hand, will help them conjure up the perfect way to pack different items and to optimize how many items can be delivered per flight.

He explained:

"The information we gather from both of these test partners will help us build a system so that merchants of all kinds can focus on what they're good at  -- like making food or helping people feel healthier  --  rather than being distracted by complex delivery logistics."

Going by what he said, Project Wing most likely intends to conduct more tests... hopefully, in other parts of the globe, so more people can experience the thrill of waiting for airborne burritos.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
671 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Fossil's latest Wear OS watches now make calls using iPhones

Fossil's latest Wear OS watches now make calls using iPhones

View
Toyota will debut its tiny city EV at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

Toyota will debut its tiny city EV at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

View
Adidas readies an entire collection of Star Wars basketball shoes

Adidas readies an entire collection of Star Wars basketball shoes

View
Mercedes app was leaking car owners' data to other users

Mercedes app was leaking car owners' data to other users

View
AT&T hikes TV Now prices by as much as $15 per month

AT&T hikes TV Now prices by as much as $15 per month

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr