Well, folks. The robot revolution is upon. First came the self-driving cars, then the delivery bots, and soon, the delivery drones. An Israeli-based start-up company by the name of FlyTrex is expanding their drone-delivery program into Granbury, Texas.
As put by its CEO, Yariv Bash, FlyTrex is “DoorDash, but with drones.” The company claims to be the first drone delivery program focused on US suburbs. Presently piloting a program in North Carolina, the company recently attained approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to expand to a network of 10,000 homes in the state.
Furthermore, the company recently announced a partnership with Brinker International – a Dallas-based restaurant chain that owns Chili’s Bar and Grill, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Maggiano’s Italian Classics, and It’s Just Wings. For its Granbury debut, the company will initiate its services with It’s Just Wings – which is rather appropriate, all considering.
FlyTrex uses aviation-grade-certified drones to promises a 5-minute delivery system, unimpeded by traffic. To use their system, customers must first place an order through its app. Once it goes through, FlyTrex employees working out the parking lot will attach the takeout bag to a cable and place into a corresponding delivery box tethered to the drone. The drone will then autopilot, under the supervision of an employee, to its destination. Once its arrived, it will hover over the vicinity and lower the delivery to customers.
The drones are capable of hoisting up a weight of 6.6 pounds – so enough to feed a family/ small party. Deliveries must be made within a mile of the restaurant and destination. The company is currently in conversation with the Federal Aviation Administration on broadening delivery distances outside the radius of a mile.
Are you ready for a mile high club sandwich?