Ireland has begun testing food delivery using drones. The average waiting time for an order is about 30 minutes.
Tesco began testing home delivery of small items to a customer within 30 minutes of payment. The drones, located at a Tesco store in Oranmore, Ireland, will deliver “little baskets” of goods to all nearby areas.
Manna’s drones are already delivering medicines and essential supplies. They fly at a maximum speed of 80 km / h and can deliver up to 4 kg of purchases at a time. In this case, the drone can return to the store several times.
Manna planned to conduct take-away food delivery trials in March but decided to deliver drugs during the coronavirus pandemic. Users can now order both groceries and essential supplies.
That being said, in 2019, according to a report by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, only a quarter of the UK adult population supported the idea of deliveries using unmanned aerial vehicles due to safety and noise concerns.
In 2016, Amazon made the first commercial delivery in the UK – it took 13 minutes. However, later local residents opposed further tests, who said that the devices were too noisy and unsafe.
At the same time, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allowed Amazon to use drones to deliver goods across the country. The company’s engineers are confident that this technology is safe – they will start testing it “in the near future.”