A MILLIONAIRE Irish entrepreneur is behind a new company that will see takeaways being delivered by drone from next year.
The Irish Sun can reveal that Bobby Healy – who is tech brains behind global rental platform Cartrawler – is hoping to have the business up and running by the beginning of next year.
Manna.areo will transform the delivery world for both the punter and business, flying your chips and burgers to your home at 75mph in the air.
We have learned that they hope to work with the likes of Deliveroo and JustEat, who will in turn be able to reach areas where they could not cater before and faster than ever.
The process will work by using a high tech GPS system as well as other technologies to deliver to your location.
You will accept the delivery and it the fast food will be dropped on the likes of your patio table in your back garden, or on your car outside your house.
They will be unable to deliver to balconies in these cases the food can be dropped in a communal area. The drones will not feature cameras or will not land.
TRANSFORMING THE INDUSTRY
A source said: "This will transform the whole industry.
"Bobby Healy is an extremely successful man with a wealth of experience behind him in the tech world, he was building games for Nintendo as a teenager.
"It looks like he's fairly confident in getting this up and running by next year and it will be huge not only in terms of fast food deliveries, but the delivery of packages in Ireland."
While the company will focus on the fast food side initially, it is understood that they will branch out to other foods and packages down the line.
The technology is also seen as a way to reduce traffic and accidents on the road as well as CO2 emissions, simply by using air space.
LINK UP WITH DELIVEROO AND JUST EAT
It's also seen as a problem solver for the likes of Deliveroo and Just Eat who wouldn't have to pay delivery drivers.
As it stands, the Manna.aero are monitoring regulations being put into place in different parts of the world.
In Australia, Wing – owned by Google's parent company Alphabet – has launched its first home delivery service.
Its aviation authority gave the go-ahead after testing over four years, and it found was posed no risk to residents and other aircraft with its latest edition.
Wing are also set to start testing in Helsinki Finland, its first operations in Europe.
The Irish Sun understands that a company can apply for a commercial licence, which would be done privately with Irish Avaition Authority. However, they would have to abide with regulations already in place.
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As it stands, there are set regulations in place in which a drone cannot fly in the interest of safety.
They include over an assembly of people like concerts, sporting events, parades or within 30 metres of any person, vessel, vehicle or structure not under your direct control as well as over urban areas, such as villages, towns and cities.
So new legislation would have to come into effect for this new company to operate and they remain confident of achieving this.
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