7-Eleven, a leading convenience store, has made history as the first company to complete a commercial drone-based delivery service in the United States. While partnering with Flirtey, a company that manufactures drones, 7-Eleven has successfully made seventy-seven deliveries to its customers via drones.
While reporting about the feat, the two companies said that they were excited to be the first outfit to spearhead the new service offering in the United States. The companies reported that the deliveries were to customers who had bought a broad range of products from the convenience store and who live several miles from the store.
By successfully implementing this project, 7-Eleven has managed to beat leading tech giants that have been working hard to commercialise drone delivery services in the United States. Alphabet has been working on its Project Wing for a couple of years now. Recently, the project was allowed to be tested. However, reports indicate that the company is still far from successfully launching the service.
Amazon is also developing its service called Amazon Prime Air. Recently, the company was allowed to test the project in the United Kingdom. Although the test went on smoothly, Amazon is yet to announce the exact date on which it expects to launch the full commercial drone delivery service.
According to Flirtey, its partnership with 7-Eleven has enabled it to give customers a compelling service offering. The company points out that the experiments have shown that its drones operate entirely.
The drones, which have complicated systems, use GPS to locate their programmed destinations. Once the drones get to the home of the customer, they do not land but rather stay close to the ground and deliver the parcel.
It appears that this approach can be relied upon to solve the problem of having to identify the places for the drones to land all the time that they deliver parcels. The Amazon Prime Air experiment was carried out in rural areas of the United Kingdom, thus saving the newly developed drones the trouble of having to hover in the air when making deliveries.
However, the 7-Eleven tests were conducted in a highly populated area in Reno, meaning that the drones were exposed to real-life situations and had to stay afloat when making deliveries, thus saving them the trouble of having to determine their landing sites.
The speed with which the new service will be rolled out depends on how fast FAA and NASA will complete their studies on how best to manage the trajectories of drones without necessarily forcing the controller to keep watch over the drone.