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Pizza Delivered By Drone

dateline: 27 May 2014

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • drone: an unmanned aerial vehicle
  • skyscraper: a very tall building
  • aerial: in the air
  • retailer: a business or person that sells products to a consumer

Pizza Delivered By Drone

A pizzeria in Mumbai claims to have successfully delivered a pizza by drone to a skyscraper this month. A video on YouTube shows the pizza being made, and attached to a drone called a “quadcopter”. The drone flies out of the restaurant and across a stretch of the city before landing on a rooftop for an awaiting customer. The pizza company believes that drone deliveries will become an way to make deliveries in India’s traffic-filled cities. Police and security are concerned, however, and are investigating the company. All aerial vehicles in India require security clearance, and unmanned vehicles of any kind are considered a serious risk. Amazon, the world’s largest retailer, has also been testing the idea of using drones for deliveries. Amazon hopes to have a similar service available within five years.
  1. Why are police officers investigating this pizza delivery?
  2. Why does the report mention YouTube?
  3. What is Amazon’s goal?

Discussion Question: Do you think drones are the future of delivery for companies like restaurants and retailers? Why or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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