Wal-Mart seeks Approval to Test Drones for Use in Home Deliveries
Several retail giants, including Amazon and Google, are making efforts to use drone for home deliveries. The latest retailer that has joined the list is Wal-Mart, which filed with the US regulators to get permission to tests drones for home deliveries.
So far, the retailer has been making indoor testing of two types of drones for several months, i.e. Phantom 3 and S900. Both of these drones are being manufactured by Chinese firm SZ DJI Technology.
After carrying out a successful pilot test, the retailer said it is now completely ready to put the drones to use. Wal-Mart spokesman, Dan Toporek, said the drones would also perform inventory work at its million-square-foot distribution centers as well as home deliveries, reports The New York Times.
Toporek said drone could be effectively used for stores that are within five miles of 70% of the US populations which would give Wal-Mart close reach to get to a lot of its customers.
“You test for a reason because you learn during tests and you tend to evolve and figure out which approaches are most compelling to customers and most efficient for the business”, explains Toporek.
After Wal-Mart applied for the permission, it has stood in a direct competition with Amazon which has been doing drone deliveries through its ‘Prime Air’ service since 2013.
Amazon Chief Executive Jeffrey Bezos said drone deliveries will become very common one day, same as that of ordinary postal trucks.
Commercial use of drones is still banned by federal rules. FAA has asked all the drone owners, including hobbyists to get their drones registered with the government for monitoring.
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