Samples can then be sent to a quest lab via FedEx, which sends the results digitally.
“We hope that the drone distribution of self-assembly tools will greatly shape non-contact testing capabilities and enhance the innovative ways in which Walmart plans to use drone delivery in the future,” said Tom Ward, Senior Vice President, Consumer Products, Walmart. A blog post.
There are also limitations to the program. Drone deliveries are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and for single-family homes only “supplies will be last”. Deliveries can be blocked by “unexpected physical interruptions, electrical connections, trees, cars or the weather”.
In other words, if you need a Govt-19 test on a rainy day, it will not come by drone.
To keep failed deliveries to a minimum, Quest Detection said distribution areas will be “surveyed in real time” in advance.
The Govt-19 test drone program is part of Walmart’s tests with drones.
“We know it will take some time to deliver millions of packages via drone,” Walmart executive Ward wrote in a separate blog post. “It feels like a little more science fiction, but we’re at a point where we’ll learn more about the technology available and how we can use it to make our customers’ lives easier.”
CNN Business’ Matt McFarland contributed to this report.