Walmart has announced that it will launch a pilot program with the company drone Flytrex for the delivery of groceries and other household items from its stores in parts of the USA. Flytrex had previously received approval by the FAA for food deliveries to North Carolina.
The pilot program will be used mostly to gather information for a future service, so the skies will not be filled with drones yet.
"The drones, which are controlled through him in cloud using a smart and easy board control, will help us gain a valuable insight into the experience of our customers and partners - from pick-up and drop-off to take-off and delivery, ”said Walmart Senior Officer Tom Ward.
The Flytrex drones used by Walmart can carry 6,6 kg at a height of 380 feet for a distance of 3,5 miles (and back) up to 32 mph. They use a wire release mechanism to lower the transport boxes mounted on them from the eighty feet, ensuring "a quiet and safe delivery," Flytrex wrote on its website.
Walmart drones will fly in accordance with FAA Section 107 rules, which require the drone to remain in sight and be supported by a remote pilot.
FAA has already issued the most advanced 135 carrier certifications to Amazon and its Wing Aviation Google, which allows the delivery of drones without visual contact. However, Flytrex recently received approval for a parachute security system that could pave the way for permission to fly over residential areas.