Video Of The Week - Rakuten's Delivery Drone Serves Up Refreshments To Hungry Golfers

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On May 9, Japanese online retailer Rakuten announced the nation’s first drone delivery service at Tokyo’s Camel Golf Resort. Called Tenku, the autonomous aerial vehicle, which has the capacity to carry up to 2kg can be summoned by golfers to bring snacks, drinks, and even equipment like balls, while enjoying a round of golf.

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The customer begins by placing the desired order on a special Android app. Once the items have been verified, the cost is deducted from the client's credit card via a Rakuten online account. Golf club employees then load the goods onto the drone and dispatch it to one of the several designated pick-up zones located throughout the golf course. Customers, who are notified of the time of arrival through the app, simply stroll over, pick up their goods and resume their golf game with minimal interruption. Tenku, meanwhile, heads back to the base, to fulfill the orders of other hungry and parched clients!

Photo Credit: Rakuten

Rakuten officials say they picked the golf course for the month-long pilot because of the country’s regulations that prohibit drones from flying over busy urban areas. Unfortunately, while Tenku’s services may be extended beyond the trial period, Rakuten has no plans to introduce the drone delivery service to other locations. Instead, the company hopes to use the aerial vehicles for humanitarian and disaster relief missions.


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  • ninjaThursday, January 18, 2018 at 9:45 am
    Is cool
    • Kaylaaaaaaaaaa!Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 3:19 pm
      Wooow so cool
      • RobloxWednesday, September 20, 2017 at 5:42 pm
        good thing omg
        • reWednesday, September 20, 2017 at 5:41 pm
          • GoosalemanFriday, September 8, 2017 at 3:54 pm
            • cookielover44
              cookielover44Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 5:58 am
              when i'm older i want to be an inventor i would make one of these and sell burgers or something with it
              • cookielover44
                cookielover44Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 5:58 am
                that is amazing!
                • zackaryndensmor
                  zackaryndensmorFriday, May 5, 2017 at 10:41 am
                  lol there lazy the store is only a mile away lol
                  • bekahboo
                    bekahbooWednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:23 am
                    cool that is the most coolest things ever!
                    • for the winWednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7:40 am
                      for the lazy ones, they now have house robots than can give you a soda or two.

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