Drone food delivery debuts in metro Phoenix. How it works, who’s involved and how to try it

By Endia Fontanez || TheArizona Republic

We’ve all been there. You don’t want to cook, and you certainly don’t want to have to visit a restaurant in person, so you open a delivery app. But humans are flawed creatures. A mere human delivery driver can take a wrong turn or get stuck in traffic, all while your precious food gets cold in their passenger seat.

Surely, there has to be a better way. Could that better way be … food delivery via drones?

Flyby Robotics seems to think so. The company announced Wednesday that it raised $4 million in seed investment funding for the first delivery-by-drone trial run, which will take place in Mesa.

Flyby offers delivery from MAD Greens and Tokyo Joe’s in Mesa.

Why they chose Arizona for the first drone delivery system

“Phoenix is super friendly to all types of autonomous delivery type relationships … so we were excited to come to a city where there’s some kind of community stakeholder support for what we’re doing,” said Cat Orman, CEO and founder of Flyby.


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