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

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Photo Credit: Rakuten

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.

Photo Credit: Rakuten

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.

Resources: Japantimes.com, techchrunch.com, cio.com

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258 Comments
  • AWESOME GIRL 2KTuesday, March 7, 2017 at 7:18 am
    Was up guys!!! Lol
    • Mr. HatMonday, March 6, 2017 at 7:32 pm
      I'm AWESOME!!!
      • HaFriday, March 3, 2017 at 2:58 pm
        What the blue thing on the burger
        • LolFriday, March 3, 2017 at 2:57 pm
          Lol
          • The beastFriday, March 3, 2017 at 8:45 am
            Omg what's in my that burger
            • NICE!Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 2:10 pm
              I play golf. That would be great for me!
              • artemis913
                artemis913Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 12:22 am
                OMG sames 😱👩🏌🏌🏌
              • derpino
                derpinoFriday, February 17, 2017 at 7:02 am
                Nice
                • peacockgirl220
                  peacockgirl220Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 3:18 pm
                  cool
                  • coolFriday, January 20, 2017 at 11:08 am
                    nice
                    • coolFriday, January 20, 2017 at 11:06 am
                      nice drone