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BusinessWe’re the team conducting the first pizza-by-drone deliveries in New Zealand. AMA!

Jul 20th 2017 by fly_flirtey • 6 Questions • 26 Points

UPDATE: Thanks for chatting with us! We’re taking a break to go flying and eat some pizza, and will keep an eye on this AMA if you have more questions!

Hello Reddit! We’re Matthew Sweeny (u/Fly_Flirtey), CEO of Flirtey, and Michael Gillespie (u/Michael_Gillespie), Chief Digital Officer at Domino’s Pizza Enterprises. Together, we’re delivering Domino’s pizzas with Flirtey drones in New Zealand.

Delivery drones will save lives and change lifestyles around the world. We announced our pizza-by-drone partnership last year with initial deliveries to customer homes. Now we’re gearing up to begin another expansion of our drone deliveries to more New Zealand neighborhoods later this year and early next year – perhaps to your doorstep next!
AMA!

For background: - Bloomberg: The Little Drone Startup Beating Amazon and Google in the Home Delivery Race - NZ Herald: Flirtey Teams with Domino's for First-Ever Pizza Drone Delivery Service - - AJ : Is this the future of disaster relief? Flirtey drones could deliver emergency supplies to people in hard-to-reach places.

Proof: https://twitter.com/Fly_Flirtey/status/887435701674950656

Q:

Do you think this technology will become more accessible and cheaper in the future?

A:

From Flirtey’s perspective, drones are just another delivery medium and in the near future will be as common as delivery drivers today. Drone delivery makes a lot of sense... Why drive a massive vehicle to deliver a pizza order when you could have a Flirtey drone deliver the same package in a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly way? Unlike delivery trucks, which burn petroleum and contribute to air pollution, Flirtey runs on batteries – reducing CO2 emissions in our environment.


Q:

Have any pizzas been harmed while conducting these deliveries?

A:

Every single pizza, as soon as it has been delivered to a hungry customer. Nom nom nom.


Q:

I'm happy to see this tech finally coming to market (I expected Amazon to be the first), but wonder why you came to the tether and winch model. The tether introduces a single point of failure, which is unexpected in a new tech like this. So, I guess I'll ask some questions about that in particular.

Why a tether, and not landing the drone? I'm guessing power constraints?
Whats is the tether made from, and how does the drop-release work?
Is the tether release running some sort of regenerative winch? If not, is it because of the added weight or just that it didn't seem necessary?

Thanks for the taking the time to highlight this new tech and answer questions!

A:

Flirtey has developed technology to lower packages out of the air on a tether, rather than land, because it is the safest method of delivery and allows the drone to hover above power lines and trees and deliver with precision.


Q:

What is your plan to stop drone interceptions so that the pizzas don't get stolen?

A:

The pizza delivery box is fully enclosed within the drone, so there's no way for another drone to grab or snag the package away in flight.


Q:

How do you guarantee that the drone doesn't shake up the liter cola so that when I open it up it doesn't explode all over me?

A:

We have designed our technology for the most stable flight possible, and our drones don’t hit pot holes!


Q:

How does it feel you guys are taking away jobs?

A:

How does it feel you guys are taking away jobs?

We’re hiring! Flirtey is actually creating jobs through our local hiring, including higher paid roles such as engineers and pilots. Drone delivery allows us to serve customers faster, which means an increase in sales and new employment opportunities in stores as well.