DoughnutDelivering Drones Provide Hope for the Future

first_img First, there were cronuts. Now there are dronuts.No, they’re not delicious fried rings of cake from the Italian city of Dro.Last week, doughnut-toting drones (get it?) delivered confections to public servants across Denver.Boxes of LaMar’s Donuts were flown on Wednesday from nearby parking lots to the mayor at City Hall, as well as workers at local police and fire departments.“This is exciting stuff, and I think as we get ready for not only drones in the air, [but also] for autonomous vehicles, this is our future,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock told the Associated Press. “This is how we’re going to become a more efficient 21st century nation, society quite frankly.”Flying “very, very” short distances, the unmanned aerial vehicles took off and landed with human supervision, and were monitored at all times—in accordance with FAA regulations, according to a restaurant spokesman.“We’re doing it completely legal,” Chris Bonnet, CEO of Austin-based Drone Dispatch, which was hired to pilot the dronuts, told the AP. “We have … a safe takeoff location and [at] the landing area is a team member who’s receiving the box of doughnuts.”The Federal Aviation Administration in June released regulations for the commercial use of UAVs, governing drone altitude, proximity to airports, and flying over people who are not directly participating in the service.In this case, LaMar’s dronuts departed from parking lots near the Denver City and County Building, the police department, the fire department, and an alleyway near a pedestrian mall, the AP reported. FAA officials are investigating the operation to ensure full compliance.The high-flying pastries were delivered as part of a week-long celebration dating back to World War I when Salvation Army volunteers made doughnuts for soldiers. Folks across the country scarfed down the sweet treats on Friday, June 2, in honor of National Doughnut Day.Anything that delivers food and minimizes the need for human interaction is a step in the right direction. But LaMar’s isn’t the only one using technology for easy distribution.In 2015, Chinese e-retailer Taobao and partner YTO Express ran a three-day trial, making 450 deliveries of tea in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Stay on target This Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow BlowerWatch: Drone Captures Incredible View of Sheep on Colorado Peak last_img

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