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In theory it makes perfect sense: when you need to get something from A to B in a hurry and the roads are packed with cars, bikes and people, you fly over it. No traffic lights, no congestion, no fuss.

That’s precisely what Franceso’s Pizzeria, a restaurant in the Indian city of Mumbai, recently did. By strapping their pizza pie to a four-rotored drone about the size of a small coffee table, they were able to remotely pilot the food over the heads of pedestrians and traffic jams and get it to its destination 1.5 km away while still piping hot.

The authorities, however, were not quite as pleased about the stunt as netizens.

Using footage captured during the test flights, Francesco’s Pizzeria put together a video of their new delivery-bot and uploaded it to YouTube, where it promptly received hundreds of thousands of hits.

Police in Mumbai, however, are not exactly thrilled about the pizzeria’s experiment, and have begun an investigation into the legitimacy of their actions, quoting safety concerns and stating that prior permission is required to fly any kind of device or aircraft over the city.

Here’s the delivery drone in action.

▼ The pizza’s in the box and the drone’s ready to fly.

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▼ Mind your heads, boys and girls, there’s a delivery-bot coming through!

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▼The drone was equipped with cameras to allow the shop owners to remotely pilot it around the city.

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▼Dropped from this height, a hot, saucy pizza would be far worse than a bit of bird poo…

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▼ Nearing its destination

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▼ A gentle landing

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▼ We hope he paid by credit card…

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A spokesperson from Franceso’s Pizzeria responded to authorities’ concerns that the drone could have appeared on radar, stating that it was flown at a low enough altitude to prevent interference, making the test entirely legal. One does have to wonder, though – particularly with companies like online giant Amazon experimenting with drone delivery – how long it will be before a new series of laws is put in place to regulate the the use of such technologies.

Store owner Mikhel Rajani hopes that drones will become a standard method of delivery at their shop in the next four to five years. What with all the attention his stunt and video are currently generating, we’re inclined to believe that he may be right.

Source: Golden Times (Japanese) The Economic Times