Takeaways Take To The Sky In China

When you order takeaway food, you expect it to be delivered by a person on a scooter. But at some point in the future, it may be a drone that turns up at your door with your hot food.

How do we know this? Well, here at our website design Manchester agency we keep an eye on technology news. And we’ve noticed this kind of drone delivery is already happening – to some degree.

In China, the food delivery service Ele.me has been given permission to use drones to carry food to various destinations within an industrial park. The company will use 17 routes covering a 22.4 sq mile (58 sq km) of Shanghai’s Jinshan Industrial Park.

What Is Special About This Service?

Here at Blue Whale Media, the website design Manchester agency, we’d like to tell you more about this food delivery service because we feel it’s just one of the many ways drones may be used in years to come.

The company behind this innovation, Ele.me, is making the following promises:

– Customers will only have to wait up to 20 minutes to receive their food, once their order has been placed.
– The food will be delivered from 100 different restaurants that operate in the industrial park.
– The drone will carry up to six kilos of food.
– It will fly the distance of up to 12.4 miles, reaching speeds of up to 40 miles per hour (65km/h).
– The E7 drone was used in trials carried out in September 2017.

How Will It Work?

Here at our website design Manchester agency we’re impressed by these pledges. But how will Ele.me actually make all this happen? Here are a few more details.

The drones have been given approval to fly along 17 routes. Each route will have two fixed locations – a start and an end point. And there will be staff members manning these two destinations. Once the drone has reached the end of its journey, a staff member takes the food out of the drone and delivers the takeaway to an address by hand.

You find yourself thinking, so there’s still a fair amount of human interaction needed in the process? And you’d be right. But at our website design Manchester agency we’ve read press reports that explain obvious benefits. Notably, Ele.me has stated that the drones will substantially reduce its costs, in comparison to using transport on roads.

Plus, staff will only need to travel 15 percent of the routes. And they stand to gain an increase in wages – as the company estimates that their income will increase as much as five times.

But Ele.me is also planning to unveil a “food delivery robot” that will transport dishes to office buildings. In a statement in May 2018, Chief Operating Officer Kang Jia said: “The company aims to introduce its second-generation food delivery robots, which will cover more than 500 office buildings in major Chinese cities later this year.”

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