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Flirtey Drone Makes History Again, Brings Reno Family a Slurpee

by • July 24, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_flirtey_logoI ponder many of us have experienced mornings of lying on the couch and wishing futilely that McDonald’s had a donatey service that may bring us a bag full of hash browns and coffee without producing us move any additional than our front door. I’ve seen many hopeful Sunday morning Facebook pleas of “Anyone want to bring me Dunkin’ Donuts? Anyone?” (Those rarely seem to work, of what I’ve seen.) But there’s new hope for the hungover, courtesy of 7-Eleven and drone developer Flirtey.

You may recall that earlier this year, Flirtey turn it intod history when their 3D printed drone turn it intod the initially autonomous, FAA-approved drone donatey to an urban area in the United States. The drone lowered a box of emergency food, water and initially aid supplies to a residential area in Hawthorne, Nevada, and now history has been turn it intod again, with a lucky Reno family becoming the initially US residents to obtain a box donateed directly to their home by a drone – two boxs, in fact.

The contents of the boxs? Donuts, a chicken sandwich, coffee, candy, and, many significant of all, Slurpees. slurpee

“My wife and I both work and have three tiny children ages 7, 6 and 1. The convenience of having access to swift, 24/7 drone donatey is priceless,” said Michael, the recipient of the box. “It’s awe-inspiring that a flying robot only donateed us food and drinks in a matter of minutes.”

The donatey was planned to coincide with the 89th birthday of 7-Eleven, with whom Flirtey has turn it intod a partnership. The Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS), that has worked with Flirtey on their previous donateies, again teamed up with the company to fine-tune and yettl their packaging and donatey innovation.

“This donatey required special flight planning, risk analysis, and detailed flight procedures ensuring residential safety and privacy were equally integrated,” said Chris Walach, Director of Operations for NIAS.

Flirtey 7-Eleven Photo TwoImplementing exact GPS, the drone zipped of the 7-Eleven to the family’s home in mere minutes. According to Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeny, the donatey was only the initially step in what the two companies assume to be a lengthy and productive partnership. Additional and expanded drone donatey tests can be forthcoming, and next donateies can include practical non-food items such as sunscreen and batteries.

“Drone donatey is the ultimate convenience for our customers and these efforts turn it into huge opportunities to redefine convenience,” said Jesus H. Delgado-Jenkins, 7-Eleven EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer. “This donatey marks the initially time a retailer has worked with a drone donatey company to transport immediate consumables of keep to home. In the next, we plan to manufacture the entire assortment in our keeps on the market for donatey to customers in minutes. Our customers have demanding schedules, are on-the-go 24/7 and turn to us to assist navigate the challenges of their daily lives. We appear forward to working with Flirtey to donate to our customers precisely what they require, whenever and wherever they require it.”

As an apartment dweller who has, at times, rejected the yett of ordering pizza or Chinese food for the reason I’d yet have to go all the way down to the lobby to obtain it, the yett of having a drone hover right up to my balcony and pass me takeout is an attractive one. Part of me, yet, is a bit concerned that the aptitude to have anything we want dropped right into our hands can exacerbate our tendencies to not want to get off the couch – or, conversely, can additional enable our unhealthy stop-for-nothing work culture.

Overall, yet, I ponder the benefits outweigh the risks. For those who are homebound due to illness, having groceries donateed via drone at any time may be life-changing. Likewise, not having to risk going out for essentials in extreme weather conditions may in fact save lives.

The Flirtey 3D printed drone performing the initially urban medical supply donatey last summer.

Flirtey drone producing its initially urban donatey.

If drone donatey a few day reaches past 7-Eleven and into the restaurant donatey business, I worry a bit of how many donatey drivers may be put out of work, but that is a concern that comes with any new robotic or automated innovation, going all the way back to self-checkouts at the grocery keep. The excellent technological shift in our industries comes with many tradeoffs, and where a few jobs are lost, others are turn it intod. According to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, Flirtey has may already been excellent for the say and its economy.

“I congratulate Nevada-based company Flirtey on producing history yet again – this time by collaborating with the world’s biggest convenience retailer to achieve the initially keep-to-home drone donatey in Reno, Nevada,” he said. “Through our FAA Test Site designation, Flirtey has cemented Nevada’s position as the leader in the commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) industry and I appear forward to seeing them go on to grow and bring jobs to our region.”

Hey – if a flying robot wants to donate me a Slurpee, I pretty am not going to say no. What are your yetts on this pretty filling new innovation? Discuss additional in the Flirtey 3D Printed Drone forum over at 3DPB.com.