7-Eleven and Flirtey have completed a fully autonomous drone delivery to a customer´s residence to advance research toward integrating drones into the National Airspace System, the company said.
The delivery was conducted in celebration of the convenience store chain´s 89th birthday. Flirtey teamed with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) for the delivery with a goal of advancing drone deliveries.
NIAS said this delivery required special flight planning, risk analysis,and detailed flight procedures ensuring residential safety and privacy were equally integrated.
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 to a local customer´s house, using precision GPS. 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.
Building on this initial collaboration, the two companies said they have plans to expand drone delivery tests and work closely together.
Flirtey is an independent drone delivery service that has has worked with NASA, the University of Nevada, Reno, The New Jersey Test Site and Virginia Tech to create the technology and logistics systems for a mass-market drone delivery network.
7âEleven, Inc. is a chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7âEleven operates, franchises and licenses approximately 59,800 7âEleven stores in 17 countries.
Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems is a non-profit corporation in the Nevada Autonomous Aerial Vehicle Industry, collaborating with primary research institutions on UAS research and development.