7-Eleven and Flirtey have completed the first fully autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s residence to advance research toward integrating drones into the US National Airspace System. This delivery is the first time a customer has received a package to their home via drone, representing a historic milestone.
The goal of advancing drone deliveries as well as further refining Flirtey’s delivery technology and packaging were highlighted when Flirtey teamed with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) for the delivery.
“This delivery required special flight planning, risk analysis, and detailed flight procedures ensuring residential safety and privacy were equally integrated,” said Chris Walach, Director of Operations for NIAS.
At a Reno, Nevada 7-Eleven store, two deliveries were successfully completed. 7-Eleven merchandise – including hot and cold food items – were loaded into a unique Flirtey drone delivery container and flown autonomously using precision GPS to a local customer’s house. Once at the family’s backyard, the Flirtey drone hovered in place and gently lowered each package. The purchases were delivered to the family in the span of a few minutes. Products included drinks, a chicken sandwich, donuts, hot coffee and candy. In the future, both companies expect drone packages to include everyday essentials such as batteries and sunscreen.
“My wife and I both work and we have three small children ages 7, 6 and 1. The convenience of having access to instant, 24/7 drone delivery is priceless,” said Reno resident Michael, who received the Flirtey delivery. “It’s amazing that a flying robot just delivered us food and drinks in a matter of minutes.”
The deliveries also mark Flirtey’s largest commercial relationship to date and bring the drone delivery start-up even closer to its vision of reinventing the delivery process for humanitarian, online retail and food delivery industries.
Building on this initial collaboration, the two companies have plans to expand drone delivery tests and work closely together.