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Your Pizza Could Soon Be Delivered by Amazon Drones

The retailer, which recently expanded to include a fully online supermarket, has joined with the UK Civil Aviation Authority to test a drone delivery service.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's that pizza you ordered.

That's right. Rogan Josh or your weekly food shop could soon be coming to an airspace near you.

Online retailer Amazon and the UK Government's Civil Aviation Authority announced on Tuesday that they are to begin testing the practicalities of a drone delivery service that could carry parcels weighing less than 2.3 kilograms (5 pounds) to customers in 30 minutes. Packages of this weight account for 90 percent of all Amazon deliveries.


And as a comparison, the average pepperoni pizza weighs around 250 to 350 grams. You may need never leave the house for emergency hangover carbs again.

The Government has given Amazon permission to test three areas with the new drones: beyond-the-line-of-sight operations in rural areas, sensor performance to avoid obstacles, and the operation of multiple drones by one person.

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While Amazon doesn't currently offer a takeaway food delivery service, the launch of its AmazonFresh online supermarket in June means that food could well be added to the drone delivery bag.

Paul Misener, vice president of global innovation policy and communications at Amazon, said in a press statement: "Using small drones for the delivery of parcels will improve customer experience, create new jobs in a rapidly growing industry, and pioneer new sustainable delivery methods to meet future demand."

Misener also noted that the UK is "charting a path forward for drone technology that will benefit consumers, industry, and society."

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This could be a sly dig at the setbacks experienced by Amazon in the US. Last month, the country's Federal Aviation Administration announced restrictive rules for all drone deliveries, including limiting operators to one drone each. To rub salt in the robotic wounds, Flirtey—Amazon's rival delivery company in the US—managed to claim the title of being the first to make a food and drink drone delivery to a customer in Nevada earlier this month.

Godspeed, Amazon drones. We can't take much more of the Deliveroo guy's side eye as he hands over our order for the third night this week. Robots, on the other hand, don't judge.