College Campus To Have Burritos Delivered By Drones

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A very lucky college campus will soon get burritos delivered by drone.

The Mexican cuisine is now made available via drone thanks to a partnership between Virginia Tech, Google parent company Alphabet, and Chipotle.

The initiative is being conducted under Alphabet’s innovation lab X, which has an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) team called Project Wing.

“It’s the first time that we’re actually out there delivering stuff to people who want that stuff,” Dave Vos, head of Project Wing, told Bloomberg.

The burrito-carrying aircraft will be flown with automatic technology, but human pilots are mandated by U.S. Federal Aviation Administration rules to be ready to overtake the operational control. Drones are not allowed to be flown over people, so it is not yet known how UAV will be able to avoid doing that.

Testing will include ensuring packaging remains intact and that the food is still warm for ultimate customer satisfaction.

Virginia Tech was chosen because it is home to an Federal Aviation Administration test site.

Other tech companies in the U.S. are awaiting their turn to fully employ delivery services through UAVs, like Amazon, which has already started testing in the United Kingdom.

America has been criticized for having restrictive rules on drones, while Europe has more lax guidelines allowing for commercial experimentation.

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