A TikTok video posted by a user named @birthiq has garnered over 2.2 million views in just two days. The video shows a woman waiting in a field for her Starbucks order that is delivered by a drone. The delivery is completed by an Israeli-based start-up called Flytrex, that wants to revolutionize the delivery service industry in non-urban settings. Flytrex has partnered with Starbucks, Walmart and McDonalds and is testing their service in North Carolina after receiving Federal Aviation Administration approval for drone delivery in May. The company has partnered with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to standardize backyard drone delivery. In addition, Flytrex has spent the last two years working with the Icelandic Transportation Authority to advance the use of commercial drone deliveries in Reykjavik.
To place an order, a customer downloads the Flytrex app and pays for their order via a credit or debit card and then selects a preferred drop off point closest to their location. Through geo-locating the customer can follow the drones progress as it flies to its destination. The drone hovers at 85 feet and via a pully, lowers the order to the ground is a protective Flytrex bag. The customer opens the bag and removes their order.
Flytrex states “our delivery service is the first of its kind to bring on-demand drone delivery convenience to the suburbs. While urban dwellers can choose from a myriad of affordable on-demand delivery options, those living in the suburbs have been left with expensive and inconvenient choices until now.”
Flytrex drones can carry up to 6.6 pounds (6-8 hamburgers) for a distance of 3.5 miles and back. The drones cruise at 32 miles per hour and fly at an altitude of 230 feet. The company says that current drone do not fly in the rain or at wind gusts stronger than 18 miles per hour.
Can you see a future where you are sitting in your back yard, where you call up a drone to deliver your morning latte? Watch the video below.