Food Delivery Drones Take Flight in China

If you live in Shanghai, the next time you order takeout just look up at the sky. Food delivery drones will start flying this summer thanks to Ele.me, an online meal company owned by Alibaba. After placing an order through its app, Ele.me will use a drone to fly the meal over to you in 20 minutes or less. The service will only be available for folks living and working in or near Shanghai’s Jinshan Industrial Park. The drone delivery is not door-to-door. Ele.me will instead establish pick-up and drop-off stations. There will be 17 routes used by Ele.me drones. Service personnel will go to a station to pick-up meals before delivering them to customers. The company’s goal is to help food businesses in the area (there are 100 restaurants) beat traffic and reach customers faster. After all, who wants cold pizza for lunch? READ MORE