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Walmart uses drones to deliver COVID-19 tests in Vegas

Customers will receive a text from the drone Quest detection (DGX) The test is on its way. Depending on where the cars and trees are, the tools will land in people’s vehicle, front sidewalks or backyards. Delivery, which can take up to five minutes, is free.

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.

For now, the vast majority of Americans do not have access to the drone supplies of the Govt-19 tests. Walmart (WMT) New York’s Seiktowa – outside of Buffalo – plans to expand the drone test in early October, but no other sites have been announced.

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.

Last week, Quest and Walmart Announced Covit-19 tests can now be performed at more than 500 Walmart Drive-through pharmacies in the United States.

The Govt-19 test drone program is part of Walmart’s tests with drones.

Earlier this month, Walmart launches drone pilot program with Flightrex To provide home and groceries to customers in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Walmart plans to launch a separate drone project with Zipline next year Providing health and wellness plans to customers Near retail headquarters in northwest Arkansas.

“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.”

Walmart competitor Amazon (AMZN) Despite slower speeds than some expected, drone deliveries are improving. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos First announced in late 2013 It plans to use drones to deliver in 30 minutes or less.
Progress has been slow due to drone technology and regulations There are Not ready for widespread use – at least not yet. In particular, the FAA is still acting in appropriate ways Identify drones remotely, An important step for safety.
In late 2016, it was produced by Amazon Kicked off the drone delivery test in the UK. Last month, Amazon received an important certification from the FAA, which brings the e-commerce company one step ahead of making drone distribution a reality in the United States.
UPS (UPS) And a section wing of the Google owner letters (GOOGL), Also received FAA certification in 2019 for drone distribution.

CNN Business’ Matt McFarland contributed to this report.

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