Convenience shop items delivered by drone in US

December 21, 2016
US drone delivery service Flirtey announced that it has started delivering convenience store items to customers' homes on December 20, 2016

US drone delivery service Flirtey on Monday announced that its self-piloting flying machines have whisked flu medicine, hot food and more from 7-Eleven convenience stores to customers' homes.

The Nevada-based company boasted of being the first drone service to complete regular commercial deliveries to residences in this country, having completed 77 such autonomous missions.

"We have now successfully completed the first month of routine commercial drone deliveries to customer homes in partnership with 7-Eleven," Flirtey chief executive Matthew Sweeny said in a release.

"This is a giant leap towards a future where everyone can experience the convenience of Flirtey's instant store-to-door ."

Flirtey said it made 77 drone deliveries to homes of select customers on weekends in November, filling orders placed using a special application.

Ordered items, including food and over-the-counter medicine, were packed into special containers and flow by drones that used GPS capabilities to find addresses, according to Flirtey.

Drones hovered in the air and lowered packages to the ground, on average getting items to customers within 10 minutes, the company reported.

Popular items ordered included hot food, cold drinks, and medicine for headaches or flu, according to Flirtey.

Flirtey and 7-Eleven planned to expand the drone delivery service in the coming year.

Amazon earlier this month said it completed its first delivery by drone, in what the global online retail giant hopes will become a trend in automated shipments by air.

The delivery to a customer near Cambridge, England, was announced in a tweet by Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos.

"First-ever #AmazonPrimeAir customer delivery is in the books. 13 min—click to delivery," he wrote of the December 7 order.

Amazon, which has been testing drone deliveries in the US and elsewhere, has on several occasions complained that the regulatory environment in the United States for these automated deliveries is more cumbersome.

Amazon is not the only group working on drone deliveries. Google parent Alphabet has a similar project known as Wing and some reports say US retail behemoth Wal-Mart is also studying drone deliveries.

In the US, the first commercial drone delivery was made in July when 7-Eleven, with startup Flirtey, transported a chicken sandwich, hot coffee and donuts to a customer near Reno, Nevada.

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potem
5 / 5 (3) Dec 21, 2016
That's progress, I guess.
Next thing you know, somebody will use a drone to rob a 7-Eleven!
defcon888
1 / 5 (4) Dec 21, 2016
while this is a cool idea....it is sad actually. We are that lazy that we can't go to the convenience store to get our Big Gulp?. I can see using drones for medicines or for people that are ill or incapable of driving. Once these drones become more the norm, we will start seeing or hearing about mid-air collisions with airplanes....not commercial ones....but private.
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (3) Dec 21, 2016
Next thing you know, somebody will use a drone to rob a 7-Eleven!

I guess next thing will be delivery of (illegal) drugs to the end user directly.

while this is a cool idea....it is sad actually.

As with everything there's an upside and a downside. There are people who aren't mobile (old age, illness, whatever...), and for them this is a great idea.

I certainly can see the use when you're single, have a bout of the flu, and definitely don't feel like going (much less driving!) to the nearest pharmacy to get some aspirin.

we will start seeing or hearing about mid-air collisions with airplanes

I doubt it. Deliveries are urban. Private airplanes are anywhere but urban areas.

novaman
5 / 5 (1) Dec 21, 2016
while this is a cool idea....it is sad actually. We are that lazy that we can't go to the convenience store to get our Big Gulp?. I can see using drones for medicines or for people that are ill or incapable of driving. Once these drones become more the norm, we will start seeing or hearing about mid-air collisions with airplanes....not commercial ones....but private.


No just the opposite, and it's Uber Cool ! driving your car, adding to congestion wasting fuel, just go go get a cold drink what a Huge waste Let the Drone Revolution Begin !

And know clearly you do not have an understanding about how and where the fly, drones will be separated by 100s to 1000s of feet from commercial airlines, most vehicle accidents happens 15km from people's own home, and they do happen often. Drones Forever ! :D
HeloMenelo
not rated yet Dec 21, 2016
Good comment i'm all for drones too, let me just spec correct it for you ;)

No just the opposite, and it's Uber Cool ! driving your car, adding to congestion wasting fuel, just to go get a cold drink what a Huge waste. Let the Drone Revolution Begin !

And no clearly you do not have an understanding about how and where they fly, drones will be separated by 100s to 1000s of feet from commercial airlines, most vehicle accidents happens 15km from people's own home, and they do happen often. Drones Forever ! :D
novaman
Dec 21, 2016
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arcmetal
1 / 5 (1) Dec 21, 2016
Why am I picturing a folded up net upgrade to my potato gun.
HeloMenelo
not rated yet Dec 22, 2016
likely to net granny aiming for the drone when it passes by ? you'll never catch it with a net gun unless you aim foe it when it lands at the destination where the owner is looking at you strangely as his parcel arrives by air.
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (1) Dec 22, 2016
Why am I picturing a folded up net upgrade to my potato gun.

I dunno, but all you'd get is a broken drone, a 'free' pack of aspirin (or whatever lightweight cargo drones can deliver), and a lawsuit, because you can bet that these drones are fitted with cameras and GPS.

Rednecks will do what Rednecks will do, of course.
TheGhostofOtto1923
5 / 5 (2) Dec 22, 2016
Some suggestions for drone hunting with bow or crossbow
http://www.3river...allgame/

-And as you well know I am not a redneck I am a intellectial.
HeloMenelo
not rated yet Dec 22, 2016
lol next thing we'll hear people duping themselves into thinking they're gonna take drones down with a water pistol.
TheGhostofOtto1923
not rated yet Dec 23, 2016
lol next thing we'll hear people duping themselves into thinking they're gonna take drones down with a water pistol.
Perhaps you are unaware of the range and power of the current technology.
https://youtu.be/IlDi-5ueaVM
https://youtu.be/FAxWc0VnFkg

Amazon beware-
antigoracle
1 / 5 (1) Dec 23, 2016
So, does this come with the UPS subroutine, where it dumps your delivery by the door?
If so, is that an extra charge?
jim_xanara
not rated yet Dec 23, 2016
TheGhostofOtto1923 5 / 5 (2) Dec 22, 2016

-And as you well know I am not a redneck I am a intellectial.


That doesn't use the Oxford comma. Got it.

I doubt it. Deliveries are urban. Private airplanes are anywhere but urban areas.


Which is the bit the "shoot-em-up" crowd seem to miss. Don't know many urban areas where you can discharge a firearm or a cross-bow bolt legally. Not to mention that civil recovery of losses is pretty easy when you know where it was and have video.
TheGhostofOtto1923
not rated yet Dec 25, 2016
Not to mention that civil recovery of losses is pretty easy when you know where it was and have video
In addition to archery equipt, cabelas offers a fine selection of camo wear and night vision accessories.
arcmetal
not rated yet Dec 29, 2016
Not to mention that civil recovery of losses is pretty easy when you know where it was and have video
In addition to archery equipt, cabelas offers a fine selection of camo wear and night vision accessories.

I feel the cat and mouse escalation happening with these devices.

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