t's the perfect idea—a small helicopter designed to deliver tacos to you whenever you want, wherever you want (provided you live in the San Francisco Bay area). But when we researched this miracle-worker, we found that our dreams might not ever be a reality. The TacoCopter appears to be a hoax, although the people behind it say it's legit. So what's going on with it? Can you get airborne tacos delivered on a whim or not?
Some concerns Tacocopter has include how to keep the food hot and how to avoid helicopters being stolen.
For now, it seems not. While the project has been around since 2011, the U.S. government is blocking it from really taking off. Star Simpson, one of Tacocopter's founders, said, "Current U.S. FAA regulations prevent using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for commercial purposes at the moment. Honestly, I think it's not totally unreasonable to regulate something as potentially dangerous as having flying robots slinging tacos over people's heads."
"On the other hand, it's a little bit ironic that that's the case in a country where you can be killed by a drone with no judicial review," Simpson said.
Among other concerns, though, are simpler logistics like keeping the food warm, avoiding birds and crashes, delivering food to the right person, and avoiding theft of the copter.
Right now, it seems as though the Tacocopter website exists just to place new ideas in our heads for the future of food delivery—even in the past several years, technology revolving around delivery has gotten refined enough that you don't even have to get off the couch or talk to a person to do it if you have a smart phone. Apps like GrubHub and Seamless have helped that process along.
Although the team behind Tacocopter isn't actively working on changing government restrictions, it brings us hope for a day when we can get food delivered to us from a helicopter.