Chipotle Drones Will Drop Burritos on College Campuses
Are drone deliveries the future of takeout? Chipotle joins the ever-growing list of companies from 7-Eleven to Domino’s that are dipping their toes into the world of high-flying automated delivery.Chipotle announced it would test out drone drop-delivery to college campuses this fall, starting with Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech has partnered with Project Wing, a subsidiary of Alphabet — the parent company of Google — to administer the drone test.
"It's real customers that are working and need lunch and want it delivered by drone," Mark Blanks, director of Virginia Tech's Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, told ABC Chicago. “This is the most complex delivery flight operation that I am aware of that’s occurred on U.S. soil.”
The devices will hover above the campus and then use a winch to safely lower the food to its rightful owner.
The drone will only be capable of delivering burritos, though other menu items like chips, guac, and burrito bowls may be options in the future if all goes well.