Startup Flirtey has started routine delivery flights using drones in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRI Center) in Nevada in preparation for routine food delivery trials to designated points in the area.
TRI Center is one of the largest industrial centers in the U.S. and home to 100 companies, warehouse logistics centers and fulfillment centers including Tesla’s Gigafactory, Walmart, Google, Panasonic and Home Depot.
The drone deliveries will occur several days a week at multiple times per day and Flirtey plans to ramp up flights and delivery demonstrations as the next phase begins.
"These trials are the next milestone in bringing drone delivery to businesses in America, and consumers in Nevada will be among the first to have access to on-demand drone deliveries," said Matthew Sweeny, founder and CEO of Flirtey, in a statement. "We look forward to expanding Flirtey drone delivery nationwide."
Flirtey’s takeoff-and-landing platform, called Flirtey Portal, allows scalable operations and fits into one parking space. The systems has been set up in the TRI Center in a designated area and select businesses will be part of these demonstration delivery trials.
After the trials are complete, Flirtey said it will plan to scale its drone delivery system in 2020.