First Commercial Delivery by Drone Brings Slurpees to Nevada Home

If you’ve ever had a craving for a Slurpee but couldn’t find the energy to leave your house, a new drone startup could have just the solution you’ve been dreaming of.

The company, Flirtey, made history when it pulled off the first commercial delivery by drone in Reno, Nevada, on July 11. The contents of the historic mission were donuts, coffee, Slurpees, candy and a chicken sandwich, all of which made the trek in two separate containers from a 7-Eleven to a private residence.

The recipient was selected from a pool of customers who lived within a mile of the store and had expressed interest in participating in the pilot program. The drone used its own GPS system to fly autonomously to its destination. Upon arrival, the containers were then lowered down to the ground, where the homeowners were able to retrieve them.

While this is the first commercial delivery by drone on record, it is far from being Flirtey’s first drone delivery. The company also made history last year when it made the first delivery of medical supplies by drone in Virginia. It also flew water and other emergency supplies to a Nevada home and made the first shore-to-ship delivery in June.

Large-scale Drone Deliveries Still Not Ready for Primetime

Although this experiment was a successful one, there is still a long way to go before drone deliveries are adopted by retailers on a large scale. Companies like Amazon and Walmart are both working hard to make advancements on this front, but regulations are still proving to be a significant hurdle.

7-Eleven has said that it will continue to work with Flirtey, but no official plans have been announced for a wider rollout of drone deliveries to customers.



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