Walmart has begun making its first deliveries by drone. Just by introducing a small pilot program in Fayetteville, North Carolina, this week. The retailer would be making use of automated drones operated by Israeli startup Flytrex. To deliver “select grocery and household essential items”.
Each drone can fly at velocities of 32 mph, travel distances of 6.2 miles in a round trip. It can as well convey up to 6.6 pounds, which is rough “6-8 hamburgers”. Following the converted units that were being offered on the website of Flytrex. A demo video of a drone displays how it drops packages to the ground from 80 feet in the air.
Instead of just landing itself. Flytrex received acceptance from the FAA to examine the delivery of food in North Carolina, in the year 2019. That was last year. With warnings that its drones can only fly fixed routes during the day over areas that are not too populated.
Walmart has given out little details on the program, not excluding the number of drones that are involved in the pilot. And what checks (if there are any) customers need to do before accepting delivery.
The comment of Walmart senior vice president
Tom Ward, the senior vice president of Walmart mentioned something in a new post. Tom Ward Said:
“We know that it will be some time before we see millions of packages delivered via drone”.
He further mentioned:
“That still feels like a bit of science fiction, but we’re at a point where we’re learning more. And more about technology that is available and how we can use it to make our customers’ lives easier”.
The company has been in the delivery of drones for years now. By making its first trials last year, which is in the year 2015. As well as investigating by making use of drones to inspect inventory in its storehouse in the year 2016.
Operating from inner tests to client deliveries is a great move, though. However, the delivery of drones has been on the skyline for years now. A lot of issues, just like safety regulations, as well as high costs in contrast to traditional delivery, have delayed adoption.
Walmart and Amazon
There is no doubt that Walmart as its eye on its greatest rival, which is Amazon. Which has well-gained approval from the FAA last month to work as a drone airline in the US. Thereby making it very easier for bigger commercial operations.
FAA means “Federal Aviation Administration”. It is like the company is preventing the demand for direct certification just by contracting its drone operations to Flytrex, which is no doubt a member of the FAA’s UAS Integration Pilot Program.
Also, Walmart currently released a new subscription service, known as “Walmart+”, to finish with Amazon Prime.
Drone deliveries look so alluring during a pandemic when a lot of businesses and customers are so determined and eager to keep away with physical communication. However, never look forward to seeing drones from Walmart as well as other retailer hopping everywhere in city streets very soon.
As Flytrex brags on its website, its aircraft are “designed for the suburbs”.