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Walmart begins testing drone deliveries

Walmart has launched a pilot program in North Carolina to deliver household goods and groceries by drone.  The program will take place in Fayetteville and the packages will be delivered by drones operated by a company called Flytrex.

Each of the drones can fly at speeds of 32 mph, travel distances of 6.2 miles in a round trip, and carry up to 6.6 pounds   Upon arrival at the delivery location, packages will be lowered to the ground from 80 feet up. Flytrex received approval from the FAA to test food deliveries in North Carolina last year, with caveats that its drones only fly predetermined routes in the daytime over unpopulated areas.

 “We know that it will be some time before we see millions of packages delivered via drone,” said Walmart senior vice president Tom Ward, in a news post. “That still feels like a bit of science fiction, but we’re at a point where we’re learning more and more about the technology that is available and how we can use it to make our customers’ lives easier.”