A video is presently “doing the social media rounds” showing that Walmart’s drone delivery trial with Flytrex in Fayetteville, North Carolina is now “up and flying” and began around 10 days ago, reports theverge.com. The retailer is delivering “select grocery and household essential items” using automated drones operated by the Israeli start-up.
Each drone can fly at speeds of 32 mph, travel distances of 6.2 miles in a round trip, and carry up to 6.6 pounds. During this video the drone lowers packages to the ground from 80 ft in the air rather than having to land itself. Flytrex received approval from the FAA with caveats that its craft can only fly predetermined routes in the daytime over unpopulated areas.
Given particular areas of the world are staring at another potential lockdown period, drone deliveries can only become more widespread and popular.
Walmart have also partnered with Zipline for a similar drone delivery trial operation, but in Northwest Arkansas starting early next year.
(News Source: https://www.theverge.com)