Heartburn has never been so convenient.
Carving out a slice of the last-mile delivery market has become a race against time, and companies like Oscar Mayer, which are just getting into the game, are forced to play ketchup. The storied purveyor of hot beef-tubes is on a roll these days, upping the ante with its “WienerDrone,” that’s “going where other hot dogs can’t.”
The drone appears to be a custom job, weighing in at 6.5-pounds and has a flight time of around 15 minutes. The WienerDrone, which has a maximum ceiling of 1,200 feet, has a 24-inch-long fuselage and shaped like, well, a hot dog. With those specs, the WienerDrone can fly about a mile without recharging. That’s a whole lot less than other commercial delivery drones, but until they start rolling up with hot dogs, the WienerDrone remains the most advanced drone in the wiener-delivery sub-sector.
For the time being, the WienerDrone’s deliveries will be limited to line-of-sight operations, as per FAA regulations. Drone manufacturers have stepped up their lobbying efforts with the new administration, pushing for deregulation in a sector that PwC estimates could reach US$127 billion.
The company’s website shows the payload as a single wrapped hot dog, but remote customers might find themselves in a pickle when it comes to condiments.
Below, the WienerDronen joins the Oscar Mayer fleet: