Forget birds and planes, a doughnut-toting drone is probably the most impressive thing you’ll ever see in the sky.
On Wednesday, The Associated Press reported that doughnuts were literally delivered by drone to the mayor, police office, and fire departments in Denver, Colorado. Oh. No big deal.
Denver’s LaMar’s Donuts teamed up with Drone Dispatch — from Austin, Texas — to make this hungry tech-lover’s dream become a reality and give the world a glimpse into the future of drone delivery.
The drones delivered four boxes of LaMar’s doughnuts to honor a tradition dating back to World War I when Salvation Army volunteers made doughnuts for soldiers. And what better way to celebrate National Doughnut Day on June 2 than with doughnuts flying through the sky?
While the concept of delivery-by-drone is pretty damn cool, in this particular case the drones didn’t have very far to fly.
Since Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations require commercial drone pilots to keep their devices in-sight, the drones were flown from parking lots within a block of the final delivery destinations.
Even so, Michael Hancock, the mayor of Denver, was extremely psyched to get his drone doughnuts, or his “dronut” if you will.
“This is exciting stuff and I think as we get ready for not only drones in the air, and get ready for autonomous vehicles, this is our future this is how we’re going to become a more efficient 21st century nation, society quite frankly,” Hancock told the AP.
The organizers of the event were also careful to comply with various FAA regulations that restrict drone usage in populated areas, in proximity to certain locations like airports or stadiums, and altitude governing.
“We’re doing it completely legal, we have very, very short deliveries from the drone where we have a safe takeoff location and the landing area is a Drone Dispatch team member who’s receiving the box of doughnuts,” CEO of Drone Dispatch, Chris Bonnet, told the AP.
While this is certainly an impressive feat, LaMar’s Donuts is far from the first to experiment with drone delivery.
Amazon has been testing the delivery-by-drone method since 2016 when it made its first drone delivery of an Amazon Fire TV and a bag of popcorn in the United Kingdom. Since then the company has delivered other things, like sunscreen bottles, for example, using drones.
And it’s not just companies using the technology for transportation. New Zealander Ollie Mason-Clarke recently picked up KFC by drone to satisfy his hunger. What a time to be alive.
To see the delicious doughnut delivery in action check out the clip below: