Alphabet-owned drone delivery spin-out Wing is starting to service U.S. customers, afterbecoming the first drone delivery company to get the federal go-ahead to do so earlier thisyear.
Wing is working with FedEx Express and Walgreens on this pilot, and their first customers areMichael and Kelly Collver, who will get a "cough and cold pack," which includes Tylenol, coughdrops, facial tissues, Emergen-C and bottled water (do people who have colds need bottledwater?).
The Collvers are receiving their package in Christianburg, Va., which is where Wing andWalgreens will run this inaugural pilot of the drone delivery service.
Walgreens gets a noteworthy credit in the bargain, becoming the first U.S. retailer to do astore-to-customer doorstep delivery via drone, while FedEx will be the first logistics providerto deliver an e-commerce drone delivery with a separate shipment.
Wing is also working with Virginia's Sugar Magnolia, a retailer local to the state, and that part ofthe equation is focused on proving out how Wing and drone delivery can service last-mile e-commerce customers at their homes.
Sugar Magnolia customers can get small items, including chocolates and paper goods, delivereddirectly to them via drone through the new pilot.
Wing was able to do this with a new Air Carrier Certificate from the FAA that clears it forexpanded service, specifically allowing Wing's pilots to manage multiple aircraft flying withoutany human pilot on board at the same time, while providing service to the public.