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711 delivers Slurpee by drone to customer in Nevada

by Todd Haselton | July 23, 2016July 23, 2016 8:00 am PDT

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Looks like I’m moving to Reno. 711 and Flirtey, a company that’s working on real-time drone delivery, recently delivered goods from a local 711 to a customer’s home by drone. TechCrunch was first to report on the delivery, which occurred on July 10, and said the payload included plenty of goodies, including “Slurpees, a chicken sandwich, donuts, hot coffee and candy.”

The service isn’t widely available yet, and, in fact, it’s unclear how whole test went down, only that it was successful. 711 hopes to push forward with the initiative, though, as soon as regulators set a clearer set of rules and regulations for commercial drone deliveries. Amazon, likewise, hopes to deliver goods by drone using its Amazon Prime Air service, which has also faced regulatory hurdles. The FCC should have clearer guidelines in August, TechCrunch said.

Someday soon, we’ll all be able to sit on our couches and place an order for a bag of Sour Patch Kids and a kiwi strawberry Slurpee.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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