Walmart Is Investing in Drone Deliveries
In the future, we could be seeing drones flying around making Walmart deliveries all over San Angelo.
Last year, Walmart pilot tested automated drone deliveries with corona virus kits and now it has invested in the company that made those deliveries.
"The trial demonstrated we could offer customers delivery in minutes versus hours. Now, after safely completing hundreds of drone deliveries from Walmart stores, we’re making an investment in DroneUp to continue our work towards developing a scalable last mile delivery solution," Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner wrote in a blog on Thursday.
Not only will Walmart use drones for deliveries, but back in April the super store chain, which has over 4,700 stores across the country, invested in a self driving car company.
According to Furner, the investment in DroneUp "won't just apply to the skies but also the ground." The executive added that the retailer will start operating with DroneUp at a store in Bentonville, Arkansas — Walmart's hometown — "in the coming months."
The DroneUp investment follows Walmart's April investment in San Francisco-based Cruise, a majority-owned subsidiary of General Motors (GM) that's the only self-driving car company with a fleet of all-electric vehicles powered with 100% renewable energy.
Two other drone trials were conducted by Walmart in the past. One for groceries was conducted in Fayetteville, North Carolina and another for health products in Northwest Arkansas.
So, tell us are you ready for Walmart drones flying all over San Angelo? How about Walmart driverless cars going up and down the loop? What about dogs chasing these drones that could be flying around town? Let us know on Facebook or chat with us on our station app.