On a warm September day, a reporter stood in a field and waited for a burrito to fall from the sky via burrito drone.
Jacob Demmitt isn’t delusional and (probably) wasn’t on drugs. The Roanoke Times reporter spotted Project Wing, a Google Alphabet company, testing burrito delivery drones in the skies above nearby Virginia Tech, and set out on a mission to get him some heavenly Tex-Mex food.
Just got to try out Alphabet’s (aka Google’s) drone burrito delivery service – and it was everything a millennial could dream of.
– Jacob Demmitt (@jDemmitt) September 15, 2016
Millennial dreams are made of these: Beans and rice in an overstuffed airborne flour tortilla.
$5.99 delivery fee? But I can see the food truck where it’s coming from. Whatever – all in the name of science pic.twitter.com/tboA8RiSt7 – Jacob Demmitt (@jDemmitt) September 15, 2016
Turns out, there’s a bit of a markup for unnecessarily futuristic delivery systems. One carnitas burrito cost $13.73 total, including the $5.99 delivery fee. But hey, chips and guac were free – something no Chipotle-goer has ever experienced in this life or the next.
“I was told the drones are flying completely autonomously,”Demmitt writes. “There are pilots standing by just in case, but the planes know where to drop the orders by themselves if all goes according to plan.” The FAA suggests drone-pilots stay within eyesight of their tiny aircraft, which raises the question: Why not just walk the 200 yards to take the burrito from someone’s hand, instead? Because then you’d have to interact with a person, which, gross.