Wal-Mart Stores is the newest company to test drone-based delivery. The company on Monday filed with U.S. regulators for permission to test home delivery with the devices. Users would be able to receive products at home and experience the ease of curbside delivery.
Wal-Mart also plans to use the drones to check warehouse investories. The company’s test is in direct response to Amazon’s own recent drone delivery tests.
The world’s largest retailer by revenue has for several months been conducting indoor tests of small unmanned aircraft systems – the term regulators use for drones. The company’s filing requests the ability to test the drone delivery system outdoors.
Wal-Mart is asking the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to research drone use in “deliveries to customers at Walmart facilities, as well as to consumer homes.”
FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker said in June that the agency expected to finalize regulations for drone flights within the next 12 months.
Amazon has already said that it would go live with its drone delivery service the moment federal regulations are approved.