Flirtey and Domino's Pizza Partner to Offer Pizza Drone Delivery Service in New Zealand

Flirtey, an independent drone delivery service, and Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd. (Domino’s), which operates more than 2,000 stores in seven markets including New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Japan and Germany, announced that they have partnered on the first commercial pizza-by-drone delivery model. The two companies exhibited the first stage of their partnership with a demonstration of pizza delivery by drone in Auckland, New Zealand on August 25.

The Flirtey drone conducted an autonomous flight to deliver a hot Domino’s pizza, showcasing the scalable drone delivery technology developed by Flirtey. The demonstration was conducted under Civil Aviation Rules Part 101 and marks a final step in Flirtey’s approval process, following which the partnership will expand with flights to customer homes later this year from a select New Zealand store.

The Flirtey delivery drone is constructed from carbon fiber, aluminum and 3D printed components. It is a lightweight, autonomous and electrically driven unmanned aerial vehicle. It lowers its cargo via tether and has built-in safety features such as low battery return to safe location and auto-return home in case of low GPS signal or communication loss. The personal on-demand delivery service developed by Flirtey uses proprietary software and hardware. Beyond demonstrating Flirtey’s leading drone delivery service and safety technology, the delivery also used packaging that retained the temperature and taste of the freshly cooked pizza during the delivery.
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