BUSINESS, Commerce

Drone Package Drop A Success

According to an AP report, a drone has successfully dropped off a package consisting of bottled water, food and a first-aid kit at a residential location in a small Nevada town in what its maker and the governor of the state said was the first fully autonomous urban drone delivery in the U.S.

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Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeney reportedly told the press that the six-rotor drone flew about a half-mile along a pre-programmed delivery route on March 10 and lowered the package outside a vacant residence in an uninhabited area of Hawthorne, southeast of Reno.

The route was established using GPS. A pilot and visual observers were on standby during the flight but weren’t needed, Sweeney reportedly said.

He said the package included bottled water, food, and a first-aid kit.

“Conducting the first drone delivery in an urban setting is a major achievement, taking us closer to the day that drones make regular deliveries to your front doorstep,” Sweeney declared.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval congratulated the company “on successfully completing the nation’s first fully autonomous urban package delivery.”

“I am thrilled that Flirtey is not only testing its cutting-edge technology in Nevada, but also creating jobs through its headquarters relocation to Reno,” Sandoval said in a statement.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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