Students At Virginia Tech Can Now Have Their Chipotle Burritos Delivered By Drone

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By Cooking Panda

Alright, we’ll give them this one: Out of all of their desperate marketing campaigns of late, this one is probably Chipotle’s best.

Per Bloomberg, Chipotle will begin an experimental service at the Blacksburg, Virginia university — Virginia Tech — this month in collaboration with Project Wing, a unit of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc.

What is it, you ask? Oh, just the delivery of Chipotle burritos — via drone — to students on the Virginia Tech campus.

The Federal Aviation Administration has given the venture the go-ahead, making this the most extensive drone test yet in the United States.

Companies like Amazon, Wal-Mart and more have all expressed interest in drone-deliveries of products, so if the test goes well, this may become a more routine delivery system.

“It’s the first time that we’re actually out there delivering stuff to people who want that stuff,” Dave Vos, who heads Project Wing, said to Bloomberg.

Essentially, Project Wing will use self-guided hybrids that are able to hover like helicopters and fly just like planes — these hybrids will then make deliveries from a Chipotle food truck and assess the accuracy of the navigational systems, and customer response.

Using a winch, the hybrids will hover overhead and lower the food to waiting customers.

In addition to customer response, the experiment will be testing how well the airborne packaging  manages to hold up — will food still be warm and in tact? 

Just in case things don’t go to plan, human pilots will be standing by to take control of the burrito-carrying hybrids if necessary. Additionally, drones are not actually allowed to fly over people (it’s a safety hazard), so participants in the trial will be shielded as an extra precaution.

“It sounds simple, but it’s not,” Vos said to Bloomberg. “There are a lot of things to work out from a safety point of view and a policy point of view.”

Luckily, there are plenty of volunteers lining up to help test out the drone-delivery service. Virginia Tech employees, students, and other recruits are all slated to help out in the trial run, Mark Blanks, the director of the partnership, told Bloomberg.

“This is the most complex delivery flight operation that I am aware of that’s occurred on U.S. soil,” Blanks said.

Sources: Bloomberg / Photo credit: Favim

Tags: burrito, Chipotle, delivery service, Drone, hybrid, virginia tech
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Say Hello To The Mufgel, The Muffin/Bagel Hybrid You’ve Been Dreaming Of

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By Cooking Panda

Is it a Mufgel? A Buffin? Whatever it is, this muff-bagel hybrid looks seriously delicious, and it is going to take your breakfast game to the next level.

Check out the newest creation from The Bagel Store, the same baker-masterminds who gifted  the world with rainbow bagels:

It’s called the Mufgel, and it is the bagel/muffin hybrid of your dreams.

According to Metro, what makes the Mufgel so magical is that while it has the outer structural integrity of a bagel (think sturdy), its insides give way to the soft middle of a muffin. The Mufgel is then topped off with a generous dollop of flavored cream cheese, and then sliced open for you to do with it as you wish.

What’s more, the Mufgel flavor selections span from classic and savory to sweet and dessert-like. Metro reports that as of August 18, The Bagel Store is offering pizza mufgels, chocolate chip mufgels, carrot cake mufgels, bacon egg and cheese mufgles, and my personal favorite: fruity pebbles cereal mufgels.

Swoon:

If you want to taste-test one for yourself, head on over to Williamsburg, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. 

Source: Metro / Photo credits: Scot Rossillo from The Bagel Store/Instagram (2), The Bagel Store via Delish

Tags: bagel, breakfast, hybrid, muffin, mufgel, the bagel store
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