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Flirtey Drone starts home delivery for 7-Eleven

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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 National Airspace System.

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This delivery is the first time a U.S. customer has received a package to their home via drone, representing a historic milestone in both U.S. and global commerce. The delivery was conducted in celebration of the convenience store chain’s 89th birthday.

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.

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.

The deliveries also mark Flirtey’s largest commercial relationship to date and bring the drone delivery startup 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, according to 7‑Eleven EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer Jesus H. Delgado-Jenkins.


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