Technology has been changing our world for decades, but we might be closer than ever to reaching the singularity. Case in point: Pizza can now be delivered by drones. That’s right, robots can literally bring you pizza.
Quartz reports Domino’s Pizza has successfully completed the company’s first drone pizza delivery, with a whole lot more on the way. The company is piloting the delivery method in the town of Whangaparaoa in New Zealand (where drone restrictions are a good bit more flexible than here in the States). Right now, they can only deliver about a mile from the store, though Domino’s plans to expand that radius to around six miles soon.
“We invested in this partnership, and technology, because we believe drone delivery will be an essential component of our pizza deliveries, so even more customers can receive the freshest, hottest pizza we can offer,” Domino’s Group CEO Don Meij said in a statement.
Customers have to opt in for drone delivery (which makes sense, because it could be terrifying to have a drone come zipping to your door unannounced), and the pizza is transported in a sturdy box attached to the bottom of the drone. Once it reaches its destination, the drone stations itself in a clear area of the yard (a large yard is required for the service) and lowers the pizza down with a cable. No word yet on whether the robot lingers around waiting for a tip.
Domino’s hopes to expand the drone service throughout New Zealand, then hit other markets such as France, Japan, Germany, Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands. Sadly, unless U.S. regulations for drones change (right now, you’re not legally allowed to fly beyond line of sight), it could be a long time before the future of pizza delivery comes to the States.