Tired of reading about yet another startup based on location check-ins or photo-sharing? Then you’re going to love TacoCopter.com, a startup which to our knowledge, offers something totally unique — tacos delivered by quad-copter.
Here’s how it works: You order through an app on your smartphone, and after the taco has been prepared at TacoCopter’s headquarters, instead of being delivered by a person riding a scooter or driving a car, it’ll come by an unmanned drone-style quad-copter.
That’s right, at its core, TacoCopter employs robot slaves to deliver delicious Mexican food whenever the mood takes us. The future is now.
According to the sparse website, TacoCopter is in “private beta” and available in the San Francisco Bay area only. It has a picture of a delivery drone, which looks more terrifying than service ‘bots should, and the hint of a TacoCopter iPhone app.
You can also request an invite or apply for a job, plus there’s an advert for LobsterCopter, a variant on the East Coast. This seems like the better business too, after all, Why Not Zoidberg?
Is it the 1 April?
Before you double-check the date, we can assure you it’s not quite 1 April yet, so that must make TacoCopter 100% real then, right?
Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. According to a post on HackerNews.com, TacoCopter.com’s domain is registered to Star Simpson, who found Internet fame after her homemade LED sweatshirt was mistaken for a bomb at Boston airport back in 2007.
Sure enough, checking Ms. Simpson’s Twitter account reveals a retweet from TacoCopter’s Twitter, but from here the trail goes cold, as the account follows just one person, software engineer Tom Robinson, but he has yet to mention the startup.
The question of whether TacoCopter is real has also been raised on Quora, to which the reply is a simple “no.”
Quite apart from the whole idea being ludicrous (but awesome), there are plenty of legal issues to consider here, from health regulations to problems with the F.A.A. and the legality of flying such machines for commercial purposes.
Then there’s the health and safety aspect. For example, tacos are great, but not when the delivery ‘copter’s battery dies on its return journey, resulting in it falling on an unsuspecting person’s head.
So, although every fiber of our being wants it to be real, it almost certainly not. But that’s not to say it’s pure fantasy, or just an amusing joke, as things could change in the future. Drones are becoming more commonplace in the military and law enforcement, and app-controlled quad-copters such as the Parrot AR.Drone are freely available. Plus, quirky, food-related startups can attract some serious backing, as The Melt proved last year.
The creators of TacoCopter have put the two together, and must now wait for the regulations to move with the times, and then just add tacos for instant success.