During its latest drone delivery process, retail giant Walmart began delivering COVID-19 tests at home. Customers will find out if they are negative or positive for the virus in about two days
The company began making test kit deliveries in Las Vegas. A second trial in Cheektowaga, New York, will begin in early October. Customers will have to live a maximum of 1.6 kilometers from a Walmart Supercenter to receive drone test kits.
Thus, the kits will be delivered “on the alley, on the sidewalk in front or in the yard behind the client’s house, depending on where the cars and trees are”, according to a communique of press.
The customer must then take the test, seal it and send it back to Quest Diagnostics, the Walmart testing company in partnership, using a prepaid shipping label included.
How much can a Walmart drone carry?
The news comes after Walmart launched the drone delivery program, a collaboration with the drone delivery company Flytrex, in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The process was limited to selecting food and essential household products from the retailer’s local stores.
The pilot program will be used primarily to gather information for a future service, so the sky in Fayetteville will not yet be filled with drones. “Drones, which are controlled by the cloud using a smart and easy control panel, will help us gain valuable information about the customer and partner experience – from picking and packing to takeoff and delivery,” said Tom Ward, Walmart Vice President. .
The Flytrex drones used by Walmart can carry 6.6 kilograms at a height of 115 meters, for a distance of about five kilometers (and back), up to 32 mph. They use a wire release mechanism to lower the delivery boxes fixed from 24 meters, ensuring “a quiet and safe delivery,” Flytrex wrote on its website.