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Wednesday March 28, 2012

Taking Tacos to New Heights: TacoCopter is a Great Idea, So Why is the FAA in the Way?

Taking Tacos to New Heights: TacoCopter is a Great Idea, So Why is the FAA in the Way?

Photo: TacoCopter (quadcopter shown) could soon bring you tacos on the beach

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Okay, so we’ve likely all had at least one moment in our lives when we just cannot bring ourselves to cook, but also don’t want to, or simply can’t go grab something quick. One tech company has a solution, well for those in the San Francisco area anyway.

An unmanned drone aptly named the TacoCopter has been created by a Silicon Valley startup co-founded by Dustin Boyer, Star Simpson, and Scott Torborg. However, while the demand is there – who wouldn’t want tacos delivered by a freaking UAV? – one little thing is standing in their way. The U.S. government, more specifically the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

Simpson recently spoke with the Huffington Post:

Current U.S. FAA regulations prevent ... using UAVs [Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, like drones] 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 ... [O]n the other hand, it’s a little bit ironic that that’s the case in a country where you can be killed by drone with no judicial review.

So what do you think? Do you think the TacoCopter could one day actually be put into business? Would you sign a petition to urge the FAA to let it fly?