The first delivery to a customer’s home by a drone has taken place, with the dropoff of doughnuts, hot coffee, Slurpees, candy and a chicken sandwich to a home in the Reno, Nev., area. Gizmag reports that the delivery was made by a local 7-Eleven store with help from the drone startup Flirtey.
Flirtey is testing drone delivery out of the nearby University of Nevada, one of only six drone testing sites in the U.S. that have received federal approval.
“Guided by GPS, the drone hovered over the property once it arrived and slowly lowered the package into the backyard for retrieval, with the delivery taking place over just a few minutes,” Gizmag reports. But the story notes that full-fledged drone delivery service remains some distance in the future.
“While the autonomous delivery of everyday items is an impressive feat, some serious roadblocks still remain before we see a service like this rolled out on a wider scale,” the story reports. “Chief among them are laws announced last month prohibiting commercial drones to be flown where operators cannot see them, along with rules making it illegal to operate more than one drone at the same time.”