Chick-fil-A, one of the largest fast-food franchises, has long been known for its chicken sandwiches and the long lines of cars queued up to order them.
The sandwiches are so popular that many stores have become a local hazard with waiting cars blocking traffic and leading the stores to be viewed as a public nuisance.
The company is well known for its creative approaches to speed traffic through the drive-through windows including a special lane for online orders that will bring the food to the car via conveyor belt.
Now the company is beginning to test drone delivery in Brandon, Florida in a 1.2-mile range around the store using a company called DroneUp.
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Users can order a meal on the company app and it is loaded into a white box and attached to the drone outside the store.
The drone then flies to the user’s location and lowers the meal to the ground via a rope in an area outside the home.
DroneUp has also been working with Walmart in select markets since 2022 delivering packages up to 10 lbs within 30 minutes from ordering.
The pilot program with Walmart is up and running in six states- Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Utah, and Virginia, out of 34 locations servicing locations with high population density.
The FAA has recently approved multiple drone vendors to fly “Beyond Visual Line of Sight” which makes deliveries more practical for larger areas.
UPS’s Flight Forward drone system was one of those approved by the FAA for longer flights for smaller packages.
As more and more companies like Chick-fil-A consider drones as an option for deliveries, it is only a matter of time until this type of service is commonplace.