Deuce Drone and Rouses Market will test groceries delivered by drone this fall
In an announcement yesterday, Rouses Market, which has 64 stores along the Gulf Coast, said that it had partnered with Deuces Drone, a company that specializes in developing drones for brick-and-mortar retailers to pilot the drone delivery program this fall.
According to this press release, groceries will be delivered by drone in under 30 minutes to customers who live in Mobile. The release did not specify how much weight the drones would be able to carry or what the range of the unmanned aircraft would be. Of course, groceries can get bulky and heavy so it will be interesting to see what they have in mind here.
The Spoon reached out to Deuce Drone and they received the following answer:
The drone currently being used for early development has a payload capability up to 12 lbs and will be used in the planned early demonstrations and revenue tests. Longer term, we plan to use a range of drones that are or will be available on the market that give us payload efficient payload ranges in the 0 to 2.5 lb, 2.5 lb to 10 lb, 10 to 25 lb and greater than 25 lb. Range for the current drone with full payload is about 6 miles one way at a maximum speed of nearly 40 mph.
Now, of course, there are other regulatory hurdles to overcome as well. Under a Part 107 license, you’re able to make deliveries by drone between locations within the same company s long as it is within state boundaries, not over people and within line-of-sight. To make deliveries directly to consumers you would need a part 135 standard certification which is much harder to achieve. UPS was the first company in the U.S. to receive a Part 135 standard certification from the FAA.
We will keep an eye out for any news from Rouses Market and Deuce Drone and provide you with more information about their planned drone delivery tests that are scheduled to start this fall in Mobile, Alabama.
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