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Iceland starts fast drone delivery for takeout food
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 1, 2017 12:01AM


A Scandinavia neighbor beats the U.S. to the punch … this time it’s Iceland, which has something Amazon.com has been dreaming about in the U.S.: Drone delivery service, Mashable reports. In this case, it’s for takeout food (http://tinyurl.com/TakeoutDrone).

Drone company Flytrex partnered with ecommerce company AHA in the city of Reykjavik to provide the service. Drones, which can carry a load of up to 6 pounds, can take a direct route “as the crow flies” and deliver a package in four minutes. A truck would take 25 minutes to get to the same location because of the way the city is laid out. A drone in action is shown in a screen shot, courtesy of Flytrex.

There’s no direct to door service just yet; someone has to load the drone and send it to a delivery person, who then unloads the package and drives it to the customer. It’s not all that expensive for this perk, at 80 cents a mile.

So far, there’s only one route, but plans to add more, as well as delivering directly to the consumer (via a drop-down wire) are in the works.



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