Wing unveiled a new model for drone delivery that will allow them to expand into densely-populated metropolitan areas in the United States including our partners in Little Elm, TX located in the Metroplex region of Texas.
Wing will stage delivery drones at retail locations; ready to fly directly to customers. The aircraft will arrive in small containers that serve as tiny hangars, allowing each store to quickly and easily deploy a small, dedicated fleet from its parking lot, on its roof, or in small spaces adjacent to the building.
When this model launches, Walgreens will be the first U.S. retailer to use this new approach. Walgreens team members will process orders and load packages onto the delivery drones, and Wing will oversee the operation of the delivery service. The first lightweight, co-located operation will be set up at a Dallas-Fort Worth area Walgreens store in its parking lot, serving parts of Little Elm and the city of Frisco.
Until now, this type of service in the United States has been limited to smaller towns, where land usage is less crowded and complex. Wing’s reliable aircraft and advanced flight planning and routing capabilities make it uniquely capable of operating a highly automated drone delivery service in more crowded, complex operating environments.
In preparation for this launch, Wing has been conducting test flights since June at Hillwood’s AllianceTexas Flight Test Center, a drone testing facility in Fort Worth. They will begin a small number of practice flights next week in Little Elm and hope to set up delivery demonstrations to get feedback from the community in the coming weeks. In the coming months, they expect to launch a commercial service there that would be the first of its kind in a major U.S. metro.
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