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A UK IT maintenance outfit is testing out drones to deliver equipment to customers, claiming this will help with sustainability measures of all things. Based in Berkshire, the English county that lies to the west of Greater London, Smart CT is currently trialing drone deliveries, with initial test runs limited to one nearby …

  1. Steve Button Silver badge

    Pure greenwashing

    There are so many reasons why this won't work, I can't be bothered to list them all.

    Either they are just trying to look green, or someone in the company thinks it's cool to play with drones.

    I won't believe it until I can get a bacon sarnie delivered by drone. (and you can fill in the punchline)

    1. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge

      Re: Pure greenwashing

      Bacon sarnies may be challenging, but I would think that precision guided burrito delivery would not be that hard. Just strap a plastic bomb tube on the burrito and put it on a simple ballistic trajectory, and a drone should be able to put it right through the customer's bedroom window. I imagine a similar effect could be achieved with submarine sandwiches and shawarma wraps, but it's hard to beat the density of a burrito for staying on course.

      1. David 132 Silver badge

        Re: Pure greenwashing

        I think there were siblings who tried that business model, trading as the Flying Burrito Brothers... but I heard they got band.

  2. Spoobistle

    Dropped off

    "We've delivered your hard drive!"

    <picture of silvery object in a gutter, next to a cracked roof tile>

    "What am I supposed to do with that?"

    "Oh, don't worry - it's on the house!"

    (Stolen from ITV2)

  3. Howard Sway Silver badge

    gadget deliveries by drone

    What happens though if the gadget I'm buying is a drone? Does the drone get delivered by another drone, or can it deliver itself?

    1. Will Godfrey Silver badge

      Re: gadget deliveries by drone

      It's turtl drones all the way down

  4. yetanotheraoc Silver badge

    Drone net

    Just wait for the massive security breach that leads to pwned drones.

  5. Bebu Silver badge

    I can see a future in falconry.

    Ipads, $1000 iphones and other high value items probably worth training your peregrine or goshawk to snatch these drones from the sky. :)

    My luck they would all be carting recreational drugs whose vendors aren't known for their understanding.

  6. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    But can it open a wheelie bin lid to complete the delivery.

  7. Alistair

    Drone delivery services

    I'm waiting for the point where Uber/Lyft get into the Drone Delivery Services Business, and of course, to hype up their stock values, decide that its only gonna work when run by *cough* AI assisted automation.

    At that point I'm gonna have to find myself the bits to put together a decent microwave laser. Which, of course, will require *cough* AI tuning.

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