The timeline of historic human achievement is marked with feats and discoveries that many would have once considered impossible. The construction of the pyramids, the discovery of penicillin, the surprise release of Beyonce's 17-video visual album. It's time to add another item to the list: an unmanned aerial drone that can deliver a 13-inch margherita pizza to the roof of a skyscraper.
In a way, the pizza drone is better than the pyramids or whatever because we can watch the whole thing go down from start to finish thanks to what looks like a GoPro strapped on top of a pizza box:
Francesco's Pizzeria, an Italian restaurant in Mumbai, delivered the pie from its storefront to a customer about a mile away.
In a city like Mumbai, it makes sense to rely on drone delivery for items as important as cheese pizza. With the crowded streets and traffic delays, it can take Francesco's up to 30 minutes to deliver a pie. And as we all know, that is a completely unacceptable amount of time, especially if it's a late-night delivery request.
According to Mikhel Rajani, Francesco's Pizzeria chief executive, the drone had cut delivery down to just 10 minutes. Not as good as 5, but this is just a test run. Rajani believes that drone deliveries will be commonplace within four years.
"The delivery system now involves motorcycles, fuel costs, and salary for the delivery boys and often miss deadlines to deliver," Rajani told the Telegraph. "Delivery using drones will not only economic but also eco-friendly," he said.
This isn't the first time pizza has been delivered by a drone - a UK-based Domino's Pizza franchise unveiled the "Domicopter" last year - but it is a first for India. And also the first time pizza has been delivered to a skyscraper rooftop. So that counts for something.
Alexandra DiPalma is a producer for Fusion Lightworks, Fusion’s In-house Branded Content Agency.