<img src = "data: image / gif; base64, R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw ==" data-chomp-id = "qupdium203ycxcnh8g7j" data-format = "jpg" data-height = "1
520" data-default-transform = " UncroppedWideExtraLarge "data-width =" 2704 "data-relative =" false "data-show-background =" true "data-alt =" Figure for the article Alphabet Drone Unit Partners with FedEx and Walgreens for Drone Deliveries April: Wing (Wing) an affiliate of Alphabet) has teamed up with FedEx, Walgreens, and local handcraft retailer Sugar Magnolia to conduct a unique drone-delivery attempt
The trial will take place in Christiansburg, Virginia, and attempt to evaluate the utility and efficiency of drones as an alternative to trucks or passenger cars for last-mile delivery The study will be part of a test commissioned by the US Department of Transportation under the program tegration of unmanned aircraft . This program "aims to help tackle the key challenges of integrating drones into national airspace and reduce public safety risks and protections. "
For FedEx customers living within designated areas and signing up for the Wing service, Wing has developed a bespoke drone delivery box that allows drones to deliver parcels directly to their homes.
In the meantime, Walgreens plans (but not) the supply of over-the-counter medicines and other typical pharmacy items prescription drugs) by drone, with shipments possibly arriving within minutes of the order. "Walgreens hopes to improve the accessibility of healthcare in the area by reducing delivery times.
The biggest gain company, however, is likely to be Sugar Magnolia, which could increase its availability and service beyond that of other local competitors by using drone deliveries.
The wing drone delivery test follows Amazon's years of planning and development to create a similar service. However, apart from a select number of test flights, Amazon has yet to conduct a more comprehensive test that should be launched in June "within a few months."
So while drone deliveries and flying cars may commission a test flight a bit longer to become mainstream. By and by, at least a small part of our science fiction future seems to become reality. And if you happen to live in Christiansburg and want to become part of the process, you can register here or learn more about the program of Wing .