Alphabet and Chipotle Are Bringing Burrito Delivery Drones to Campus
In what’s sure to be a college student’s dream come true, drones will soon be delivering burritos on the campus of Virginia Tech.
What’s that up in the air at Virginia Tech? It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No…it is a burrito? Project Wing, Chipotle, and Virginia Tech are teaming up to deliver burritos throughout the campus.
Project Wing will use self-guided hybrids that can fly like a plane or hover like a helicopter. They will make deliveries from a Chipotle food truck to assess the accuracy of navigation systems and how people respond.
The devices will hover overhead and lower the Chipotle edibles with a winch.
Part of the experiment will be to see how well the packaging protects the chow and keeps it warm. Food was selected as the demonstration cargo because it’s a challenge. The company is already at work on a more sophisticated second version of the aircraft that won’t be used in the tests, Vos said.
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