Watch this food-delivery drone for a glimpse of the future

Peckish on the links? Forget that packed lunch, because delivery drones are coming to a golf course near you.

Rakuten is trialling a delivery service that will see drones shuttling food to golfers at Japan’s Camel Golf Resort. The online retail giant will kick off the month-long experiment on May 9, the Japan Times reports.

Golfers will use a dedicated Android app to order food, drinks, and even equipment. An operator will then pack the item, which can weigh a maximum of 2kg, and load it onto a drone. The drone then flies over to a designated drop point, where golfers can collect their tasty loot.

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“We decided to provide a delivery service in golf parks, since there are regulations that restrict drones from flying over crowded areas such as [urban] yards and verandas,” a Rakuten spokesperson told the Japan Times.

“At this point, we will only be providing the service at one golf course, but we have a vision of providing package delivery in disaster areas, although we don’t have specifics in terms of when and what,” the Rakuten spokesperson revealed.

Drone delivery isn’t a new idea; Amazon has been openly developing a drone-base delivery service called Prime Air for months. But it’s great to finally see the technology in action.

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