It kind of flew under the radar, nonetheless, it was historic in nature, and involved a delivery drone and a 7-Eleven Slurpee. What could possibly go wrong?
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We’d like to tell you about a crash-and-burn delivery by drone story, because as you know if it bleeds it leads, but we’ll have to shelve our gloom and doom story for another day.
Earlier this month, 7-Eleven teamed up with Flirtey, an independent drone delivery service, to make a delivery to a customer’s home from one of its Reno, Nevada stores. The two-part delivery included Slurpee drinks, a chicken sandwich, donuts, hot coffee and 7-Select candy.
Once the drone reached the customer’s backyard – about a mile from the store – the Flirtey drone hovered in place and gently lowered its payload.
The delivery was also a first, in the sense that it marked the first ever FAA-approved drone delivery to customer’s Home. Eat your heart out Amazon.
Continued Drone Delivery Testing
7-Eleven and Flirtey plan to continue their collaboration and expand drone delivery testing. In the future, they expect drone packages to include “everyday essentials” such as batteries and sunscreen.
Image – 7-Eleven/Flirtey