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Alphabet and Chipotle team up for burrito delivery drones test

by Jacob Kleinman | September 11, 2016September 11, 2016 8:00 am EST

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Being a college student just got even better, at least at one particular university. Chipotle and Alphabet (Google’s umbrella company) are teaming up to test an experimental burrito delivery drone system at Virginia Tech, Bloomberg reports.

The drones come from Project Wing, Alphabet’s drone project designed to compete with Amazon Prime Air. The new test, which begins this month and lasts for a few weeks, will be the most high-profile drone delivery in the U.S. so far. The program already has approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“It’s the first time that we’re actually out there delivering stuff to people who want that stuff,” Project Wing chief Dave Vos told Bloomberg.

Alphabet’s autonomous delivery drones use a winch system to lower packages from the air instead of landing on the ground. They feature a hybrid design that takes off like an airplane but is capable of hovering like a helicopter. The company says it plans to test how well the food is delivered, while the data gathered could also help guide future FAA regulations as delivery drones become more popular.

It might not be that much longer before drones are delivering burritos and other packages all around the country. For now, we’re pretty jealous of the students at Virginia Tech who get to test out the new system.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...