Donuts in flight in first US-approved drone delivery

July 23, 2016
Donuts, a chicken sandwich, and hot coffee were among the items in the first drone delivery on US soil approved by aviation officials, made by convenience retailer 7-Eleven and the drone startup Flirtey

With a chicken sandwich, hot coffee and donuts, aviation history was made Friday.

These were among the items in the first drone delivery on US soil approved by aviation officials, made by convenience retailer 7-Eleven and the drone startup Flirtey.

The delivery took place in Reno, Nevada, with the items loaded into a special box for hot and cold food and flown to a local family.

"We're absolutely thrilled to have 7-Eleven, the largest convenience chain in the world, embracing new technologies and working with us at Flirtey to make drone delivery a reality for customers all over the world," said Flirtey chief executive Matt Sweeny.

"This is just the first step in our collaboration with 7-Eleven. Flirtey's historic drone deliveries to date have been stepping stones to store-to-home drone delivery, and today is a giant leap toward a not-too-distant future where we are delivering you convenience on demand."

Others include US online giant Amazon are also working on drone deliver, but this was the first in what could become a broader trend.

Flirtey is also working with drones to deliver relief supplies as part of humanitarian missions around the world.

But it also hopes to expand its partnership with 7-Eleven for convenience deliveries. Friday's delivery also included store candy and its Slurpee iced drinks.

"Drone delivery is the ultimate convenience for our customers and these efforts create enormous opportunities to redefine ," said Jesus Delgado-Jenkins, the retailer's chief marketing officer.

"This delivery marks the first time a retailer has worked with a company to transport immediate consumables from store to home. In the future, we plan to make the entire assortment in our stores available for delivery to customers in minutes."

The Federal Aviation Administration this year updated rules allowing for some commercial drone operations in US airspace.

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gkam
1.2 / 5 (22) Jul 23, 2016
How soon before the first delivery drone is hijacked?
adam_russell_9615
3.8 / 5 (4) Jul 23, 2016
"No tip"?
grrRRRRUMBLE
antigoracle
1.4 / 5 (8) Jul 23, 2016
Just what the fattest in the world need, donuts delivered into their mouths.
HeloMenelo
3.5 / 5 (11) Jul 23, 2016
How soon before the first delivery drone is hijacked?

Not soon at all monkey goracle sock, try and think before you comment
HeloMenelo
3.7 / 5 (12) Jul 23, 2016
Just what the fattest in the world need, donuts delivered into their mouths.

i know of a fat monkey that would love bananas and donuts delivered into his mouth everytime he makes a dumb comment ;)
novaman
3.4 / 5 (10) Jul 23, 2016
indeed helo, LOL
Uncle Ira
4.8 / 5 (20) Jul 23, 2016
How soon before the first delivery drone is hijacked?


Some college students hijack the CIA's drone four years ago, and you worrying about your donuts? If they get hijacked they probably won't charge you for the donuts..
carbon_unit
1.8 / 5 (20) Jul 23, 2016
gkam:
How soon before the first delivery drone is hijacked?
More likely shot down by an irate neighbor.

antigoracle:
Just what the fattest in the world need, donuts delivered into their mouths.
I was going to make a joke about the first deliveries being to police stations, but it does say homes. I wonder how the landing spot is chosen? Doesn't say autonomous, so I guess they are being piloted all the way. I can imagine a drone coming in to deliver something, but pausing as it passes over a neighbor's pool. (See response to gkam.) I wonder if the first two delivery drones in Ohio will manage to get into a head-on collision?
carbon_unit
1.8 / 5 (20) Jul 23, 2016
Uncle Ira:
How soon before the first delivery drone is hijacked?

Some college students hijack the CIA's drone four years ago, and you worrying about your donuts? If they get hijacked they probably won't charge you for the donuts..

Yep no charge. But they lost the drone. Reminds me of a co-worker's story. His son called him to come out of the house and see his new toy, but by the time he got there, his son was just looking at empty sky. Several hundred dollars worth of drone had gone with the wind...
eagleslightlybetter
3.5 / 5 (8) Jul 23, 2016
Ever get that feeling you've just read a corporate press release dressed up as news by a lazy reporter?
Uncle Ira
4.7 / 5 (19) Jul 23, 2016
Uncle Ira:
How soon before the first delivery drone is hijacked?

Some college students hijack the CIA's drone four years ago, and you worrying about your donuts? If they get hijacked they probably won't charge you for the donuts..

Yep no charge. But they lost the drone.
Non, they got to keep the drone. That was the deal they make when the CIA doubted them being able to do it and send them one for a demonstration. That was over in Texas about 5 or 4 years ago.
gkam
1 / 5 (21) Jul 24, 2016
We know what you do, Lydia.

Get checked for STDs.
gkam
1 / 5 (19) Jul 24, 2016
I need to see the references of the alleged CIA drone being hijacked in Texas.

Got proof?
gkam
1 / 5 (20) Jul 24, 2016
Perhaps we have someone who cannot differentiate between Texas and Iran.

Well, they do look alike, and both are run by conservative and superstitious folk who want to impose their religion on all of us,. . .
Uncle Ira
5 / 5 (19) Jul 24, 2016
Perhaps we have someone who cannot differentiate between Texas and Iran.


Skippy, I hate to break it to you, but some of us got things to do that prevent us from jumping right up to answer your questions.

http://www.zdnet....y-drone/

Well, they do look alike,
Only to someone who has never been to either of them or does not know how to use a map.

and both are run by conservative and superstitious folk who want to impose their religion on all of us,
What that have to do with you not getting your donuts because somebody stole them in-route? I still don't think they will make you pay for them.
gkam
1 / 5 (20) Jul 24, 2016
Perhaps you did not bother to read the article. They did not take a CIA drone, nor did the CIA allow anybody to keep any of its intelligence equipment. And it was not unknown to anyone, it was done "in conjunction with the Department of Homeland security,"

Have you been around much?
Uncle Ira
4.8 / 5 (19) Jul 24, 2016
Perhaps you did not bother to read the article. They did not take a CIA drone, nor did the CIA allow anybody to keep any of its intelligence equipment. And it was not unknown to anyone, it was done "in conjunction with the Department of Homeland security,"

Have you been around much?


Apparently more than you.
TheGhostofOtto1923
4.8 / 5 (17) Jul 24, 2016
We know what you do, Lydia.

Get checked for STDs.
George kamburoff is so hard up for attention he is baiting spam now.

*Sigh*
gkam
1 / 5 (19) Jul 24, 2016
I guess folk where Ira lives do not care if you are correct or not. You can just spout off, and folk think you are smart. Fact is, he was wrong again.
Uncle Ira
4.8 / 5 (19) Jul 24, 2016
I guess folk where Ira lives do not care if you are correct or not. You can just spout off, and folk think you are smart. Fact is, he was wrong again.


Okayeei. I was wrong a little bit. I do not mind. Choot it was five or four years ago and I got the facts mixed up a little bit.

So now we got that out of the way. You were wondering how long it would be before somebody hijacks your donuts on the way to your house. My guess it will probably be about one or two days. What is your guess?

And I still don't think they are going to make you pay for the donuts if they get hijacked before they get to your house.
rrrander
1 / 5 (2) Jul 25, 2016
Just one of these things sounds (from 50 feet) like a large swarm of bees at 3ft. If hundreds of these things show up in cities delivering things, it's going to drive people mad. They already have ordinances for noise pollution in major cities, drones, unless they can quiet them, will fall under these.
michael_frishberg
4.7 / 5 (13) Jul 25, 2016
The sound of a drone brings joy to a suburban US community.
The sound of a drone brings terror to just about anywhere else.
gkam
1 / 5 (21) Jul 25, 2016
We will eventually pay for our cowardly use of military attack drones.
TheGhostofOtto1923
4.7 / 5 (19) Jul 25, 2016
George kamburoff is so hard up for attention that he will post inflammatory off-topic statements just to get it.

*sigh*

'Look at me look at me!!!' Screams george.
gkam
1 / 5 (19) Jul 25, 2016
You are the one here with the need for attention. Your silly abusive nonsense is complete give-away to the fact you are here to get help for your abusive behavior.

But this is not the site for it. You need a psychology site, or a self-help site, or anything , . . but get treatment.
gkam
1 / 5 (19) Jul 25, 2016
Do they let you do that in Macon, MS?

It is against the law in the United States.
BongThePuffin
Jul 29, 2016
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