SYDNEY — Mexican fast food chain Guzman y Gomez (GYG) has teamed up with Alphabet’s drone team “Project Wing” to explore new ways to deliver its food.
Project Wing falls under Division X of Google’s holding company dedicated to so-called “moonshot” projects. It approached the Australian restaurant chain to become its first launch partner, and together they have built the Drone Mothership: a custom GYG kitchen at Project Wing’s test site near Canberra to start testing the new delivery method.
“We needed to replicate the Guzman y Gomez kitchens and still deliver quality food in a remote area where our authentic Mexican menu could be prepared on site fresh daily,” GYG said in a blog post.
“We won’t compromise on quality so it was important we deliver our consistent Guzman y Gomez experience to the people of Royalla (near Canberra), and fast!”
The drones themselves are designed like a model aircraft, can travel at speeds of up to 120kmh for up to 10km from their take off location and carry a payload of up to 1kg.
The testing period is expected to last at least for the next few months and is only available to pre-selected group of testers.
Last year pizza chain Domino’s made the world’s first commercial delivery of food by drone in New Zealand.
That company used a DRU Drone by Flirtey, also under a partnership agreement.
At the time, CEO Don Meij said drone delivery will be “an essential component of our pizza deliveries”.
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