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7-Eleven makes its first drone delivery, with a Slurpee

Slurpee's delivered by drones? Sign me up, 7-Eleven.

@anthony256
Published Sat, Jul 23 2016 7:37 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:17 PM CDT

7-Eleven has just delivered its first package of goods with a drone, in the first FAA-approved drone delivery taking place in Reno, Nevada earlier this month.

On July 11, Flirtey flew an autonomous drone a mile from a 7-Eleven to a private home in Reno, with the delivery including a chicken sandwich, donuts, coffee, candy, and Slurpees - awesome, huh? The goods were packaged into two containers, which were flown separately. When they arrived, each contained was lowered to the ground by the drone, and then the homeowners grabbed the goods.

The drone flew autonomously to the Reno home, using the on-board GPS to navigate. Flirtey chose a store to delivery from, surveying consumers within a one-mile radius to see if they wanted to be part of the initial drone delivery program.

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Flirtey has made other drone deliveries, flying out medical supplies in Virginia in 2015, as well as water and emergency supplies to a home in Hawthrone, Nevada as well as a shore-to-ship delivery last month. This is the first delivery that has been ordered by a customer, and then delivered to their home.

7-Eleven plans to continue working with Flirtey, but hasn't provided an ETA of when autonomous drone deliveries will become a staple of their business.

NEWS SOURCE:theverge.com

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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