Drones will be used to deliver Domino’s pizza to New Zealand homes later this year in what is being hailed as a world first.
Domino’s has partnered with drone company Flirtey to trial airborne pizzas in what the company said would be the first commercial drone delivery service in the world.
Store-to-door drone deliveries would start from selected Domino’s stores after daylight savings starts on September 25.
Domino’s chief executive Don Meij said drones extended delivery areas by removing barriers such as traffic and access, as well as offering faster, safer deliveries.
Domino’s is also working with the Government to test an autonomous pizza delivery vehicle designed to keep pizzas hot and drinks cold, while travelling on the footpath from the store to the customer’s door.
E-commerce company Amazon created headlines in 2013 when it announced plans to trial deliveries via aerial drone.
Domino’s selected New Zealand for the drone trial because it had the most forward-thinking aviation regulations in the world, Meij said.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges said the trial was a valuable opportunity for the Civil Aviation Authority.
New aviation rules came into effect in August last year to regulate and enable the use of drones for recreational and commercial purposes in New Zealand.
“I have been actively promoting New Zealand as a test bed for new transport technology trials,” Bridges said.
“Our enabling laws and regulation means we have the ideal environment to trial all forms of technology.”
Domino’s was also looking at opportunities for drone delivery trials in Australia, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Japan and Germany.