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Pizza delivery to hit Auckland skies

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/08/2016

Pizza © Getty Images Pizza Pizzas could soon by flying around the skies of Auckland in what is being touted as the world's first trial of drone deliveries.

Pizza giant Domino's demonstrated its robot delivery system on Thursday as part of its partnership with US-drone service Flirtey which will see takeaways delivered to homes via drone.

New Zealand was chosen as the launch market because its regulations allow easier trials of drones by businesses, Domino's says.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed the announcement.

He says the companies chose New Zealand for the trial "because our forward-thinking aviation regulations encourage innovation, while protecting safety".

New aviation rules came into force last year drones for recreational and commercial purposes.

Subject to obtaining the appropriate approvals, the delivery trial is expected to get underway later this year.

Earlier this year, the government and Domino's said they were working together on autonomous land-based delivery units.

It's a small, electric-powered wheeled vehicle which one website describes as essentially a $30,000 military-grade robot refitted as a pizza deliverer.

It uses GPS to find it's way around at a maximum speed of 18km/h.

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