The coronavirus, far from disappearing, is still very present in many places in the United States. To help with the health crisis it has caused, Walmart has launched a pilot program. What is it about?
If you need to get tested for COVID-19, but do not want to approach other people for safety, Walmart may be the solution.
The company, to help in these cases, has launched a pilot program at its North Las Vegas branch, in which it is using drones to deliver COVID-19 tests to homes within a mile of the store.
According to CNN, customers will receive a text message from DroneUp when the test for the virus has been submitted. Depending on the location of cars or trees, the test kits will land in the driveway, on the front sidewalks, or in the backyard. Delivery, in addition to taking only 5 minutes, will be free.
Once the tests have been performed, the samples can be sent via FedEx to a laboratory, which will send the results to customers digitally. These results usually arrive in two days.
This pilot program offers insight into how drones could be used in the not-too-distant future to provide faster, contactless product delivery.
Walmart plans to expand the trial of its drone delivery services to Cheektowaga, New York, in early October.
Drone deliveries are only available between 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and in single-family homes.