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Pizza might fly? Mumbai restaurant tests out delivery by drone

Published on May 22, 2014 11:29 PM

MUMBAI (AFP) - They come topped with pepperoni, chicken tikka or vegetarian. But a flying variety may soon be found on Indian pizza menus, after an outlet in Mumbai said it had successfully delivered by drone.

Staff at Francesco's Pizzeria in south Mumbai were inspired by the news that online retail giant Amazon was planning to use unmanned drones to deliver goods, and decided to try one out as a means to beat the city's notorious traffic.

"We successfully carried out a test delivery by sending a pizza to a customer located 1.5 kilometre away from our outlet on May 11," Francesco's Pizzeria chief executive Mikhel Rajani told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency.

"What we have done now will be common place in the next four to five years," he said, adding that the customised four-rotor drones each cost around US$2,000 (S$2,500).

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