Flirtey and 7-Eleven Complete First Month of Routine Commercial Drone Deliveries, Deliver 77 Packages to Customer Homes in United States
Flirtey, the world’s leading drone delivery service, has completed 77 autonomous drone deliveries to customers’ homes in the US. This makes it the first to complete regular commercial deliveries to customers’ homes in the US.
These deliveries were the result of Flirtey and 7-Eleven’s commercial collaboration, which kicked off in July with the world’s first autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s residence.
Flirtey conducted regular weekend deliveries in November, from a 7-Eleven store to a dozen select customers who were able to use a custom app to place their orders. Along with listing all items available for delivery, the interactive app also notified customers when their drone was loaded, when it departed from the store and when it was arriving at their doorstep.
Arriving in the Future
Once an order was placed, 7-Eleven merchandise — including items such as hot and cold food and over-the-counter medicines — were loaded into a custom Flirtey drone delivery container and flown autonomously using precision GPS to a local customer’s house. Once at the customer’s home, the drone hovered in place and lowered the package. On average, customers received their packages less than 10 minutes from the point of order.
One customer was so excited by the experience that she called her family to tell them they had just become “the real-life Jetsons”.
Customers of all ages participated in the deliveries, including elderly couples, working parents and college students. Feedback from customers cited speed and convenience as the most appealing aspects. All the customers who participated said that they would continue to use the drone delivery service.
Orders of Particular Items
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Popular items ordered and delivered included hot food, cold beverages and over-the-counter medicines such as 7-Select Night Time Cold & Flu Relief, 7-Select Headache Relief and aspirin. Over-the-counter medicine delivery has been a focus for Flirtey because of the convenience it offers — whether it is a parent trying to avoid having to load sick kids into the car to buy flu medication in the evening or someone battling a fever.
Flirtey and 7-Eleven are planning to further expand their drone delivery operations this year.