Walmart recently made waves by asking the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to test drone delivery, but it’s hardly the first company to pursue the practice. Here’s how others have fared:
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The e-commerce company has openly stated that it wants to deliver your books, gadgets and household items by drone. In April it received permission to conduct outdoor tests for such a service: Prime Air.
The tech titan doesn’t yet have permission to test drones in the U.S., but it has done some practice runs in a partnership with NASA. It has also tried its devices in the Australian skies, delivering dog food to farmers in the outback in 2014.
As part of a 2013 marketing stunt, the pizza chain delivered two pies by drone in the U.K. (and caught the whole thing on video). But it remains unclear if it will test those methods in earnest.
The company won approval to make deliveries by drone in Germany last year, flying necessities like medicine to an island off the country’s coast.
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