Walmart Joins Increasingly Competitive Drone Delivery Race

November 03, 2015 by Carina Ockedahl, @Ockis9

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is now seeking to enter the increasingly crowded drone-delivery market, reports Bloomberg.

The multinational corporation has already experimented with drones indoors, but it must request permission from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to test its unmanned aerial vehicle outside, which it has done.

The company wants to test UAVs for home package delivery, street pickups, and warehouse inventory checks, which will inevitably pit it against a number of competitors in the drone race, including Amazon, the world’s number-one retailer.

If all goes well, Bloomberg says Walmart plans to test two models from Chinese drone-manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co., “the world’s leading manufacturer of small civilian drones.” It just needs the approval of the FAA. Luckily, the regulatory agency has managed to speed things up, checked-off over 2,100 exemptions from other companies for the commercial use of UAVs.

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  1. gonewild

    Companies such as Amazon and Google also have been testing drones designed to deliver small packages to people’s homes, a concept that both have said is still years away. While FAA is finalizing regulations allowing more widespread commercial drone flights, it must craft an entirely new set of rules permitting the long-distance, robotic flights required for deliveries.

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