Drunk people everywhere are on their knees; salvation is here. We predicted that new regulation in the area of unmanned drones would lead to some pretty interesting uses over the next few years, but no one could have foreseen the TacoCopter becoming the first major idea to break through the farfetched barrier. Picture yourself standing in a fast food desert, not a single drive-thru-equipped restaurant for blocks.
You’ve had a few drinks and, like every single person in the alcohol-consuming world, you start craving tacos. This may sound like just another Friday night scenario, except this time you have the TacoCopter app available on your smartphone. You input your order on the app, pay online, wait some grueling 15 or so minutes and an actual, and a real-life flying robot will deliver your tacos from a nearby kitchen to your location (flying over the traffic a normal delivery man would have to endure). It’s a drone dream. But if it sounds too good to be true…it is. For now at least. The government still feels it is too soon to unleash such a great idea to the public because of “safety” and “ethical” concerns. The copter and its app are undergoing private beta testing (invitation only) in the San Francisco Bay Area to test out how it would fare against navigating urban environments filled with obstacles like birds, balconies, telephone wires, and people ready to steal the TacoCopter first chance they get. Released as more of a buzz-starter that business start-up, the TacoCopter sheds new light on the possible uses of drones both for restaurants and unconventional thinkers.