I love pizza delivery services. I can get the greatest food on the planet without having to leave my house. I thought that there was no way to improve upon such a perfect model, but Germany has proven me wrong.
Students at the University of Berlin have created the flying pizza delivery service. In essence: it's a mini-helicopter drone that delivers a hot pizza to anybody in the area. It may not be as fast as a regular car delivery, but it's way more awesome. Check it out:
This isn't the first time that people have dabbled with the idea of unmanned drone delivery services. San Francisco-based TacoCopter became prominent thanks to the Internet earlier this year despite being around since 2011. Current FAA guidelines prevent people from using unmanned drones for commercial purposes though. It seems that such regulations do not exist in Germany.
It's important to note that the flying pizza delivery service is a student project. You're not going to suddenly see pizza places all over Germany start delivering food via tiny helicopters. It would be totally awesome if that was the case, but the logistics for implementing flying delivery on a mass scale is a little too difficult at the moment.
Regardless, it brings up some interesting questions. Would we be fine living in a world where physical goods are delivered via unmanned drones? We like current delivery methods because the human operating the delivery vehicle ensures the product reaches us. Too many variables come into play with unmanned drones.
Despite all the reasons one can be against it, tiny helicopters are awesome. It becomes even better when the payload is delicious, gooey pizza.[h/t: Reddit]