November 8, 2017 Would you trust a drone to deliver your burrito?

Every week, I like to play a game called “Can You Get Any Lazier Than That?” Last week, I thought I had finished the game forever when I found out about the self-turning ice-cream cone, but yet here we are, using drones to deliver our burritos.  What a time to be alive.

Australian Mexican food chain Guzman y Gomez has begun trialling the delivery by drone initiative in Royalla, a rural town on the border of the ACT and NSW. The trials are part of ‘Project Wing’, which is being run by Alphabet (owned by Google).

The burritos are cooked from a pop-up kitchen in town, then picked up by drone and delivered to Royalla locals’ doors in a matter of minutes. Seriously, it’s that fast – they hit speeds of up to 120km/hr. Holy flying burrito.

According to Guzman y Gomez, they needed to test if our food would hold and stay fresh in a drone that travelled through the skies at 120km per hour. In a special ‘package’ designed by Project Wing’s engineers, our burritos are able to stay hot and fresh but most importantly stable and secure as the drone travels so your food is delivered ready to enjoy.”

Is this awesome, or really scary? I think mostly the latter, but I kinda get it if you’re on the side of the former. I just don’t know if I can trust a robot with cargo that precious, you know?

Erin Bromhead
is a contributor to A•STAR