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DroneDek showcases high-tech mailbox with drone delivery demo

Representatives from DroneDek demonstrate a drone food delivery to a secure box prototype on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in Lakeville.
Mary ShownSouth Bend Tribune

LAKEVILLE — Residents of Lakeville were able to get a glimpse into the possible future with drone delivery on Thursday.

Indianapolis-based company DroneDek held a demonstration in which a wet burrito from Leo’s Family Restaurant was delivered by drone to the company’s high-tech mailbox at the American Legion a half a mile away.

The company, which was established in 2019, has raised more than $5.5 million in investments, with a major investor being Leo’s Restaurant owners Jamie and Javier Dominguez. 

“We started offering (delivery after the pandemic) but were having a lot of issues because of employees,” Jamie Dominguez said. “I was thinking in the future, we were going to use drones but didn’t know how far into the future and then I saw this was happening and that’s how I got interested.”

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