When the tech giant Alphabet’s subsidiary, Wing, and retail behemoth Walmart combine their strengths, consumers are the ones reaping the benefits. In an era where convenience is paramount, the duo is offering something trailblazing – aerial deliveries via drones in the heart of the United States.
In recent years, drones have emerged from being mere toys for hobbyists to versatile tools that can save human lives in dire situations. As the technology continues to develop, drones are proving indispensable in various sectors, from disaster relief to healthcare.
Pea Ridge, Arkansas, will be home to the first commercial drone home delivery service in the United States, launched by Zipline. Although customers will be able to choose from thousands of products, they will be limited mainly to health and wellness products such as over-the-counter allergy medicines, bandages and ibuprofen tablets. The service will only be available within a 50-mile radius.
The possibility of home delivery by drone began to be taken seriously by companies a few years ago, but due to the messy legal background, the technology has not been widespread since then.