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Irish drone startup Manna has established a deal with a Qualcomm-backed network company to help its aircraft navigate the skies, said Stephen Shankland of CNET, a news platform on technology and consumer electronics.
The three-year agreement with another Irish firm, Cubic Telecom, will link the drones to a 5G network connection to allow Manna to monitor and control its fleet. The Manna deal entails that diners and restaurants alike can determine where in the skies your food is and how long it will take before Manna’s autonomously piloted drone will get it to your house.
Startups and giants like Amazon and Google hope that drones will fill our skies delivering packages and dinners. Some governments are working on formulating drone regulations to make the vision a reality. However, there are roadblocks to social acceptance. For example, noise, privacy, and safety are common examples of obstacles faced by the delivery drones sector.
Drones can definitely help make deliveries faster. In an exclusive interview, Manna Chief Executive Bobby Healy stated, "The risk is going to be hearts and minds. What does society think of what we're doing with the airspace? I have no doubt they're going to love it."
The startup has a foothold with test operations at Pontypool, Wales. It plans to expand in three sites in Ireland and another in the UK by the third quarter of 2020. It also intends to expand in the US to show how much Manna can do.
Healy assured, "It's really not going to be obtrusive. You'll hardly even notice what we're doing.” Manna’s drones travel directly from restaurants to homes up to four miles away carrying packages of up to four pounds. With three battery cassettes in each unit, drones can be sent out by restaurants for up to five deliveries per hour. A two-person Manna crew operates the drones for now. Soon, restaurants will be able to fly the drones by themselves.