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Forum Post: How the US govt. is single-handedly preventing you from ordering a taco & having it delivered to you by a pilot-less helicopter

Posted 8 years ago on March 26, 2012, 2:21 p.m. EST by GildasSapiens (266)
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"Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane!

It's an unmanned drone helicopter shooting a taco from space down at you and your colleagues during lunchtime!

The Internet is going wild for Tacocopter, perhaps the next great startup out of Silicon Valley, which boasts a business plan that combines four of the most prominent touchstones of modern America: tacos, helicopters, robots and laziness.

Indeed, the concept behind Tacocopter is very simple, and very American: You order tacos on your smartphone and also beam in your GPS location information. Your order -- and your location -- are transmitted to an unmanned drone helicopter (grounded, near the kitchen where the tacos are made), and the tacocopter is then sent out with your food to find you and deliver your tacos to wherever you're standing.

You pay online, so the tacos are simply dropped off at your feet by the drone helicopter, which then flies back to the restaurant to pick up its next order.

Brilliant, right? You're probably ready to order a sackful of fish tacos to be delivered to you by a semi-autonomous flying robot as we speak!

Well, put down your smartphones, because here comes some bad news: The launch of Tacocopter -- which is totally real, by the way, despite some doubters, and has been around since July 2011 -- is being blocked by the U.S. government."

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/23/tacocopter-startup-delivers-tacos-by-unmanned-drone-helicopter_n_1375842.html?1332538432



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[-] 2 points by JPB950 (2254) 8 years ago

Might be interested in a cheeseburger occasionally, if I could believe they could get the order straight. I see it as a great source of cheep entertainment, watching all those drones at lunch time crash into each other over large businesses, schools, and weight loss clinics.

[-] 1 points by GildasSapiens (266) 8 years ago

Maybe, as rival drone delivery services grow, & competition heats up, every day & every night will see the Battle of Britain replayed in the skies of every city, with armed drones dogfighting & dropping fast-food bombs everywhere.

[-] 2 points by toukarin (488) 8 years ago

I can almost see the protests from animal welfare groups about the birds being collateral damage in such a conflict...

Not to mention multibillion dollar lawsuits for property damage and personal injury caused by drones or their cargo falling out of the sky...

Lawyers are probably having wet dreams about these eventualities now.... litigation appears to be the new Great American Pass-time...

Might also give newscasters something new to talk about in local news channels. Instead of cats stuck up trees it will be drones and lunches stuck up trees.

Maybe a new reality TV show... or something along the lines of 'Cops' but instead called 'Drones'

[-] 1 points by TimSykes (-22) 8 years ago

You clowns should be happy this got shut down by the government. More delivery jobs for you nerds.