first time, some Walmart customers Florida, Texas and Arizona will allow drone deliveries.
Walmart’s drone service has officially launched for select customers in Tampa and Orlando, Florida. The Phoenix and Dallas neighborhoods just before the holiday season.
The largest U.S. retailer has been working with domestic drone service provider DroneUp since it launched a home delivery trial in 2020. COVID-19 self-collection kit.
In May 2022, Walmart announced it would expand its DroneUp delivery network to reach 4 million homes in six states, including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Utah and Virginia, by the end of the year.
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this means drone delivery Walmart says it will be available in 23 cities nationwide by the end of the year.
DroneUp CEO Tom Walker said the company’s mission is to “set the gold standard for drone delivery.”
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“Our approach is unique. We practice safety above all else, cutting edge technology‘” Walker said in a statement.
Walker said the company’s relationship with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was also “critical to our success in building an infrastructure that supports current and future operator growth and excellent career programs.” says.
According to Walmart, the drones will be powered by certified pilots who operate according to FAA guidelines to drop off packages in “the safest place in the customer’s home.” This includes the front of the customer’s home, backyard, or driveway.
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When the drone delivery service launched last month, some residents of the Glendale neighborhood saw and heard drones in the streets and above their homes. Some welcome the new delivery mode, while others want drones to fly from their homes.
A resident captured a video of a drone delivering packages in their neighborhood. For some people, it’s something they don’t want to see or hear on their homes.
Bobby Warren said, “I’ve heard they’re noisy. They’re really noisy. We have a big tree in our yard. Do they accidentally cut a tree or something? You never know.” said.
For now, drone delivery services are only available to customers within a one-mile radius of participating Walmarts.
“We typically operate at altitudes of 200 to 300 feet. Once we reach the delivery location, we descend, but only to 80 feet above the ground. After that, the package is lowered by tethers. , animals, or terrestrial objects,” said Michael Clark, marketing lead for DroneUp Arizona.
Three Walmart stores in the northwest valley now also offer drone deliveries. DroneUp says it is looking to expand its delivery service and offer it to a wider range of customers.
FOX 10 reached out to Walmart for comment but did not hear back.
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