The drones are coming! The drones are coming! But this time they’re not armed with hellfire missiles. These drones are packing a new kind of heat: steaming pizzas, fresh tacos, and cold beer.
Drones—the popular term for a wide range of unmanned aerial vehicles that are autonomous, semi-autonomous, or totally remote controlled—are not just limited to military use. Even though drones rightfully call up images of large, ominous, lethal, all-seeing machines, their smaller cousins are breaking into the civilian world of consumer products and business operations. And they’re doing so in a variety of strange ways that may change the face of modern transportation—from how late-night munchies arrive at your doorstep to how equipment and medicine is delivered to remote regions.