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Drone deliveries are being trialled in Iceland | © Flytrex/Youtube
Drone deliveries are being trialled in Iceland | © Flytrex/Youtube
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Beers and Burgers Are Now Being Delivered by Drone in Iceland

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Tech Editor
Updated: 25 August 2017
Imagine a world where beers and burgers fly to your door. We’re not quite there yet, but a pilot program in Iceland has taken a major step toward delivering food and drink by drone.

A trial taking place in Iceland involving Israeli drone logistics company Flytrex and Icelandic on-demand grocery service AHA involves a small delivery route in Reykjavik being serviced by drones, The Verge reported this week.

A modified DJI Matrice drone is being used to cut across a bay of the North Atlantic Ocean, making the delivery time much shorter; from half an hour to a matter of minutes. But the delivery system still relies on a person putting the food and drink into drone at the departure point, and someone picking it up on the other side of the bay and taking it to the final destination.

The trial will begin with about 20 drone deliveries per day, with the hope that the project will be expanded across Iceland by the end of the year. Flytrex says the plan is for the drones to take deliveries straight to the doorstep of customers, but the drones won’t land, instead lowering food and drink to the floor using a wire.

The Icelandic trial isn’t the first example of commercial drone delivery. In December 2016, Amazon flew an Amazon Fire TV and a bag of popcorn to a customer in the U.K. using an automated drone.