by David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Alphabet’s drone company, Wing, said on Wednesday that the Walgreens drugstore chain will use its new vehicles to make deliveries from a store in the US state of Texas, the first time they are used. appliances in a large US metropolitan area.
Wing said it will roll out the new drones at a drugstore chain store in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The vehicles will take off from the store’s parking lot, which serves parts of Frisco and Little Elm. Before that, drone delivery projects took place in smaller US cities.
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“The aircraft will arrive in small containers that act as tiny hangars, allowing each store to quickly and easily deploy a small dedicated fleet in its parking lot, on the roof or in small spaces adjacent to the building,” said Wing.
The company said pharmacy employees will process and load packages onto delivery drones, rather than Wing’s own employees.
The company said it has been running test flights since June and in the coming months it expects to launch a commercial service that it says will be “the first of its kind in a major US metropolitan area.”
The US has more than 1.7 million drone records and 249,000 remote pilots certified by the nation’s Federal Aviation Agency (FAA).
In April, final FAA rules went into effect, allowing small drones to fly over people at night, a significant step toward using the vehicles for widespread commercial deliveries.
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