A new report says that Walmart applied for a commercial drone license at the FAA.
Walmart wants to look like cool kids and has started to play with drones. According to Reuters, Walmart has applied for a commercial drone license at the FAA today. Walmart has supposedly worked on a drone program for several months using drones made by industry leading DJI.
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Amazon, Google and others have very publicly bragged about their drone delivery tests. Walmart's spokesman Dan Toporek told Reuters: "Drones have a lot of potential to further connect our vast network of stores, distribution centers, fulfillment centers and transportation fleet. There is a Walmart within five miles of 70 percent of the U.S. population, which creates some unique and interesting possibilities for serving customers with drones."
Walmart has several ideas for drones. One is to scan electronically the items loaded on arriving trucks at Walmart stores. Electronic tags would be scanned by the drone flying over the trailers.
Another use of drones Walmart wants to test is grocer pickup. Another drone application the giant retailer wants to test is home delivery in small residential neighboorhoods.
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The FAA is busy working on rules for the fast developing drone market. Just recently they announced that also hobby pilots of certain drones will have to obtain a license. There have just been too many incidents of drones getting too close of commercial planes.