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“Ireland to launch drone fast-food delivery in a matter of weeks” – press reports

Manna Aero is due to launch a fast food delivery in service in South Dublin suburb with 30,000 people in March, according to the company’s founder Bobby Healy, speaking to the The

The news outlet reports:

“Earlier this month, Camile Thai chief executive Brody Sweeney told a conference in Cork that the Manna Aero drone delivery system would allow customers to pick a landing area around their home, such as a patio or driveway.

Bobby Healy was quoted as saying that “there’ll be too much demand and so we’ll have to restrict it in some way. But anyone who wants to see it can just come along and see it happening. It will be in a public place.”

“Mr Healy recently said he hopes to scale to 50,000 delivery drones for the Irish and UK markets….According to the company, the airborne logistics platform ‘in-a-box’ will provide online meal ordering platforms, restaurant chains and dark kitchens with a 3-minute delivery promise to their local communities for “a fraction” of the cost of road-based deliveries. Manna Aero uses custom-designed aviation-grade drones built in Europe and the US.

“The drone fleet is operated directly from the restaurant or ‘dark kitchen’ premises and is accessible to food tech providers and online food platforms in a “channel-agnostic manner”, the company says. It recently received EUR4.7 million in funding from Dynamo Ventures, a company that specialises in supply chain and logistics firms.”

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