Domino’s drone accepted into Auckland Museum of Transport and Technology

dominosdroneDomino’s and Flirtey have announced plans to expand operations and increase availability of pizza-by-drone deliveries in New Zealand.

The delivery drone unit used to demonstrate the robot delivery system has also been accepted into the aviation collection at Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

Flirtey, the startup which has worked with NASA and  universities to create the technology and logistics systems for a mass-market drone delivery network and Domino’s today confirmed it plans to expand operations and increase availability of the DRU Drone in New Zealand later this year.

The companies partnership expanded in November with world-first deliveries to customer homes from a Domino’s in Whangaparaoa.

“Launching the first commercial drone delivery service in the world was a landmark achievement for aviation – and we’re proud to have this take place in our New Zealand market,” said Domino’s Group CEO and managing director Don Meij. “We’ll continue to partner with Flirtey and see drone delivery as an essential component of our pizza deliveries in the future.”

MOTAT intends to develop a public exhibit showcasing the DRU Drone by Flirtey amongst its existing aviation collection, and will also display the aircraft in an upcoming interactive drone event.

“This aircraft has a unique and fascinating background which fits our vision perfectly as we seek to use stories of transport and technology ingenuity to inspire our visitors,” said MOTAT CEO Michael Frawley. “Drones are a symbol of modern times; they represent the future and it’s important that we recognise their place in history, preserve their stories and include them in our museum collections. We are delighted to be appointed as custodians of this contemporary unmanned aircraft.”

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