Some time ago, Walmart, the largest US retail chain, officially launched the country’s first quadcopter delivery service in Arkansas. Then the market giant partnered with Zipline to launch drones with a delivery radius of 75 kilometers into the sky, and now it’s time to try out a more compact and faster solution. Yesterday, November 22, The Verge reported that Walmart, with the support of the startup DroneUp, has implemented fast delivery of goods using drones – they can completely eliminate the need for ordinary human couriers in the near future.
The main advantage of the new delivery method is that people who live within a mile and a half of the Walmart warehouse will receive their ordered goods in just thirty minutes. So far, development has only been launched in the city of Farmington, Arkansas – local residents can arrange delivery of various food products (including canned food in metal containers), baby products and supplies, garbage bags and many other small items. But it should be borne in mind that the maximum weight of cargo for a drone is 1.8 kilograms, plus it has restrictions on the volume of packaging, and the cost of one delivery is ten dollars.
It is also worth noting that there is a significant difference between the Zipline and DroneUp drones in terms of the delivery mechanism – larger drones drop packages by parachute, while the new version implies the delivery of the box on a special cable. Whether the presence of the customer is necessary upon receipt of the parcel is not specified. And although the technology has just been launched, the developers are confident of its success – within a few months, a similar delivery will be launched in nearby cities.