Walmart is using drones to deliver COVID-19 tests2020-09-23 18:13 by Daniela
Tags: Walmart, COVID19
Over the past few weeks, Walmart has announced drone delivery trials for health and wellness products, as well as groceries with Flytrex and Zipline. Now, the company has started delivering COVID-19 self-collection kits by drone, too.
In a partnership with Quest Diagnostics, a clinical laboratory testing company, and aerial data collector DroneUp, the superstore company is piloting the drone delivery of at-home coronavirus testing kits as a means to expand testing in a contactless way.
Walmart says that those interested in using the drone delivery must live in a "single-family residence within a 1-mile radius of the designated Supercenters in North Las Vegas and Cheektowaga." The kits themselves will be delivered on the "driveway, front sidewalk, or backyard of the customer's home, depending on where there are cars and trees."
"We hope drone delivery of self-collection kits will shape contactless testing capabilities on a larger scale and continue to bolster the innovative ways Walmart plans to use drone delivery in the future," Tom Ward, Walmart's senior vice president of consumer products, said in a blog post.
For now, the vast majority of Americans will not have access to drone deliveries of Covid-19 tests. Walmart plans to expand the drone trial to Cheektowaga, New York - just outside Buffalo - in early October, but no other sites have been announced.
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