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Project Wing deliver Mexican food by drones

Australians can now get their Mexican food delivered by drone.

Project Wing has teamed up with Mexican food chain, Guzman y Gomez, to deliver tasty food to rural communities on the border between the ACT and NSW.

They wrote in a blog post: "Over the past few years, Project Wing has conducted thousands of flights to get our drone delivery technology ready for everyday use. In early 2016, we successfully completed our first drone deliveries to members of the public in an open field at Virginia Tech University. This fall we've been testing in a rural community on the border of the ACT and NSW and tackling an entirely different level of operational complexity: making deliveries directly to people's yards.

"Our testers  -  alpaca farmers, math professors, equestrians, and artists (not to mention a few curious kangaroos)  = have been helping us fine-tune how our drones move goods from where they're located to where they're needed. And today we're announcing that two Australian merchants are joining our tests, as they're eager to understand how drone delivery could help them serve their customers better.

"Guzman y Gomez, a Mexican food chain, and Chemist Warehouse, a chain of pharmacies, will receive orders from our testers who've purchased items using the Project Wing app on their smartphones. We'll dispatch our drones to pick up the order from our partners' loading sites and then transport and deliver the goods to testers at their residences."

And the drones have been navigating the neighbourhood, finding the best way to deliver to backyards.

They added: "Our drones are able to deliver items almost anywhere  -  backyards, public parks, farmlands or even fire-breaks. But we need to train our systems to reliably identify safe and convenient delivery locations.

"This is more complicated than it looks. We have to incorporate customer preferences  -  e.g. many of our testers would like packages delivered to backyards so they're not visible from the road, or near kitchens so food items can be unpacked quickly."

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