Asda seeks permission to test drones to deliver online orders

1386004563000-USA-NOW-stillIf things go right for Asda, drones will be home delivering online orders for the supermarket retailer. Rumors are out that the owner of Asda has applied to regulators for permission to test drones for home delivery, which will be later used to deliver online orders. WalMart, the world’s biggest retailer by income, has for a while been running indoor tests of drones and is currently looking to test the machines outside. It utilizes drones made by China’s SZ DJI Technology Co.

WalMart spokesman Dan Toporek said: “Drones have a lot of potential to further connect our vast network of stores, distribution centers, fulfillment centers and transportation fleet.” He also added: “There is a Walmart within five miles of 70pc of the US population, which creates some unique and interesting possibilities for serving customers with drones.”

The Application from WalMart furthered to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) request consent to use drones in “deliveries to customers at Walmart facilities, as well as to consumer homes”. WalMart also intends to use aircrafts to load and unload inventory trucks from warehouses to make the distribution system super effective. The move is on the wake of speculations that FAA will soon institute rules allowing drones to be used for commercial purposes. Many companies including Google and Amazon have started testing drones for delivering needs.

In June 2015, FAA deputy administrator Michael Whitaker said that the agency then had not set any rules that would consent the commercial use of drones. But he said the agency foresee a confirmed ruling on this matter within the next twelve months. Meanwhile Amazon has stated that it is all ready to start using drones to deliver the packages once rules allow.