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Posted: 2017-10-16 16:13:08

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, which falls under division X of Google’s sister company, approached GYG to become their first launch partner, and together have since 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,” the 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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