Flying Donuts? 7-Eleven Just Completed The First Commercial Drone Delivery

Donuts are being delivered by tiny flying robots. Welcome to the future.

7. 23. 16 by Jolene Creighton
Image by Flirtey

Donuts Make History

When you were a child, what did you think the future would be like? If you were like me, then you probably imagined holograms and jetpacks and colonies on Mars. Remarkably, we’re very close to realizing all of the aforementioned—to bringing the most notable staples of science fiction to life.

Credit: Futurism/Jolene Creighton

But of course, there are a host of other futuristic technologies that are coming to light, ones that many of us never really imagined. Case in point: Robots that fly through the sky and bring you…donuts.

Of course, I am talking about drone delivery. And if you aren’t aware, aviation history was made yesterday (July 22, 2016), when the first drone delivery that was approved by aviation officials took place in the United States.

The delivery was made by 7-Eleven and the drone startup Flirtey. The contents included a chicken sandwich, hot coffee, and (of course) donuts.


A New Age In Delivery

In the end, it is easy to see how these first tentative steps are ultimately leading us into a revolutionary new way of being connected, one where old methods of communication and delivery are utterly transformed into something few could have anticipated.

“Flirtey’s historic drone deliveries to date have been stepping stones to store-to-home drone delivery, and today is a giant leap toward a not-too-distant future where we are delivering you convenience on demand,” Flirtey chief executive Matt Sweeny said in a press release.

Jesus Delgado-Jenkins, the retailer’s chief marketing officer, adds that the drones will likely redefine what it means to have on-demand service.

“In the future, we plan to make the entire assortment in our stores available for delivery to customers in minutes….drone delivery is the ultimate convenience for our customers, and these efforts create enormous opportunities to redefine convenience,” Delgado-Jenkins stated.


So. In the world of tomorrow, if you want are craving something sweet and something caffeinated, all you’ll need to do is send out a message, and a tiny flying robot will come to your rescue.

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