According to a news release posted on corp.7-eleven.com, 7-eleven has teamed up with Flirtey, a drone delivery service, to make the first ever FAA approved home delivery in Reno, Nevada.
“This delivery required special flight planning, risk analysis, and detailed flight procedures ensuring residential safety and privacy were equally integrated,” said Chris Walach, Director of Operations for NIAS.
At a Reno, Nevada 7‑Eleven® store, two deliveries were successfully completed. 7‑Eleven merchandise – including hot and cold food items – were loaded into a unique Flirtey drone delivery container and flown autonomously using precision GPS to a local customer’s house. Once at the family’s backyard, the Flirtey drone hovered in place and gently lowered each package. The purchases were delivered to the family in the span of a few minutes. Products included Slurpee® drinks, a chicken sandwich, donuts, hot coffee and 7-Select® candy. In the future, both companies expect drone packages to include “everyday essentials” such as batteries and sunscreen.
Author & photo credit, 7-Eleven 7/22/16. 7-Eleven Teams with Flirtey for First Ever FAA-Approved Drone Delivery to Customer’s Home [Press Release]. http://corp.7-eleven.com/news/07-22-2016-7-eleven-teams-with-flirtey-for-first-ever-faa-approved-drone-delivery-to-customer-s-home