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Walmart is the latest company that wants to test delivery drones

by Brandon Russell | October 27, 2015October 27, 2015 7:40 am PDT


A new report says Walmart wants to deliver items to your doorstep by way of drone. The famous big box retailer has asked permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to test drones for a variety of operations, chief among them is delivering goods to your house.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because companies such as Amazon and Google are already hot on the heels of drone delivery. Amazon has been most aggressive about a drone future, and has even pushed for drone-only airspace high above your home. Walmart has apparently been conducting indoor tests for a while now, according to Reuters, but it’s apparently ready for the great outdoors. The plan is to use China’s SZ DJI Technology as the drone manufacturer.

“There is a Walmart within five miles of 70 percent of the U.S. population, which creates unique and interesting possibilities for serving customers with drones,” a Walmart spokesman said.

With tech companies already exploring the possibility of drone deliveries, and Walmart now on the prowl, I can only imagine how loud our future is going to be. Sounds like you won’t be able to go anywhere with some type of buzzing overhead. Reuters said Walmart is hoping to test home delivery in select markets (pending residential neighborhoods approval, of course.)


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...