US retail giant Walmart has announced that it has begun testing the delivery of grocery and household products from its stores using automated drones.
Launched in Fayetteville, North Carolina, this test is being carried out in partnership with Flytrex, an end-to-end drone delivery company. The drones are controlled over the cloud using a smart and easy control dashboard, the company said
The experiment will allow the company to “gain valuable insight into the customer and associate experience, from picking and packing to take-off and delivery”, Walmart added.
Tom Ward, senior vice-president for customer product at Walmart, said: “We know that it will be some time before we see millions of packages delivered via drone. That still feels like a bit of science fiction, but we’re at a point where we’re learning more and more about the technology that is available and how we can use it to make our customers’ lives easier”.