Flirtey says it has now completed 77 autonomous drone deliveries to customer homes in the U.S. The deliveries are the result of Flirtey and 7-Eleven’s commercial collaboration, which kicked off in July with an autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s residence.
Flirtey conducted regular weekend deliveries during November from a 7-Eleven store to a dozen select customers, who used a custom app to place their order. The app also notified customers when their drone was loaded, when it departed from the store and when it was arriving at their doorstep.
Once an order was placed, 7-Eleven merchandise – including items such hot and cold food and over-the-counter medicines – was loaded into a custom Flirtey drone delivery container and flown autonomously to the customer’s house.
Once at the customer’s home, the Flirtey drone hovered in place and lowered the package. On average, customers received their packages by Flirtey less than 10 minutes from the point of order.
According to Flirtey, customers of all ages participated in the deliveries, including elderly couples, parents and college students.
Flirtey and 7-Eleven are planning to expand their drone delivery operations in 2017.