Food delivery applications have become an integral part of our daily lives, providing convenience and comfort for those returning home after a tiring day. However, imagine the thrill of receiving your food order not from a delivery agent on a bike but from a drone. Recently, a viral video on Instagram showcased just that – a food delivery done by a drone. Sohan Rai, a tech content creator, took on the role of a food delivery agent for Zomato for a day, but with a futuristic twist. Observing how traditional delivery agents often grapple with traffic jams and difficulties finding addresses, Sohan saw an opportunity to utilise his expertise in drones to revolutionise food delivery. He embarked on a mission to build his own autonomous drone, designed to fly without a pilot. It was an ambitious project that required multiple iterations and repairs, but Sohan was determined to make it work.
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With the drone's frame and programming complete, Sohan added a dropping mechanism to safely deliver the food. For his experiment, he received a pizza from Pizza Hut, which he then loaded onto the drone. The delivery location was approximately 1.5 kilometres away, and Sohan meticulously uploaded the delivery path into the drone, ensuring it would drop the pizza directly into the customer's compound. With all preparations in place, the autonomous drone took flight, embarking on its exciting journey to deliver the pizza. Another drone followed closely behind, capturing the entire process on video. The pizza was delivered quickly and in a safe manner.
In the caption of this post, Sohan wrote, “Being a huge enthusiast of drones, I wanted to put my skills into use and build an autonomous drone which could deliver a pizza directly to a home, without having a pilot. Here, I have built the drone with a lot of Jugaad, and it would be a lot better when it is commercial.” Take a look at the video below:
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The Instagram reel has garnered a lot of attention online since being posted on 31 July. It has received more than 7 million views, more than a million likes and thousands of comments, so far.
“Man. This is so cool!!!”, wrote one person.
"Excellent work," commented another
“Nice… but while trying to solve the problem of the delivery guy. You kind of killed his job." pointed out one user.
A person wrote, "Me: Thanks for pizza and drone.. ok. Bye."
Another jokingly asked, “What if the customer chose cash on delivery?”
Sohan's innovative experiment exemplifies the possibilities that technology can unlock in the realm of food delivery. While the commercial viability of drone deliveries still requires further refinement, his creation has sparked an interesting debate about future advancements.
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