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Flirtey and 7-Eleven Complete First Regular Commercial Drone Deliveries to Homes in U.S.

And it seems to have been quite successful

December 20, 2016

Flirtey, in partnership with 7-Eleven, delivers a package via drone to a customer.
Flirtey
Flirtey and 7-Eleven announced today that in November they made 77 drone deliveries of over-the-counter medicine and hot and cold food items to customer homes in Reno, NV. This marks the first routine commercial drone deliveries to customer homes in the U.S.

The two companies first collaborated in July, making the first legal store-to-door drone delivery in the U.S.

According to a press release, a group of 12 individuals of various ages tested the service, with delivery times averaging less than ten minutes.

“One customer was so excited by the experience that she called her family to tell them they had just become ‘the real-life Jetsons.’100% of customers who participated stated they will continue to use Flirtey drone delivery service as operations expand,” the press release stated.

Customers used an app to place their orders, according to a press release. Using the app, customers could track their package through the entire delivery process, from being loaded onto the drone to when it was arriving. The drone used GPS to navigate from store to door and safely lowered packages using a tether system.

“While other companies in this space are shipping jobs overseas, Flirtey’s goal is to make delivery instant, and in the process create jobs at home for hardworking Americans and veterans,” said Flirtey CEO Matthew Sweeny in a statement. “This is a giant leap towards a future where everyone can experience the convenience of Flirtey’s instant store-to-door drone delivery.”

Flirtey has accomplished many drone-delivery firsts, and these 77 flights show that drone delivery might be happening on a larger scale sooner rather than later. Other companies in the market for drone delivery like Google and Amazon have been accused of their drone endeavors being nothing more than one-off publicity stunts — Flirtey’s continued efforts might prove otherwise for the company.

Both Flirtey and 7-Eleven plan to continue the expansion of their drone delivery operations in 2017. Who knows, maybe you’ll finally be able to get those cheese-soaked nachos or much-needed cold meds delivered via drone next year.

Find out more about how close or not we truly are to regular commercial drone delivery.
Featured image: Flirtey