Walmart has found a new partner to expand its drone delivery services. The retail giant is teaming up with Wing – a drone delivery firm owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet – to reach an additional 60,000 homes in Texas.

Walmart first announced drone delivery in 2021, after conducting pilots and trials for several years to gauge both feasibility and demand. Today, this service is offered across seven states and 36 stores, and more than 10,000 deliveries have already been completed safely.

Walmart’s partner throughout this journey has been DroneUp. It’s a Virginia-based startup that Walmart has even invested in. But DroneUp operates multi-rotor aircraft that come with battery capacity limitations — part of the reason why the company is keen to test new hydrogen fuel cell technology that has the potential to increase a drone’s flight time.

Walmart, however, needs to scale now. So, the company has partnered with Wing whose drones use…

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Source: dronedj.com