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Drone delivers 7-Eleven Slurpees, junk food

Posted On: Jul. 27, 2016 12:00 AM CST

A drone has forever changed the meaning of fast food by delivering Slurpee drinks, a chicken sandwich, donuts, hot coffee and candy to a family's house via GPS.

The drone was operated by Flirtey, a Nevada-based drone startup that teamed with a 7-Eleven in Reno, Nevada, on July 15 to legally deliver an order that took two flights to complete, news reports said.

The deliveries mark the drone company's largest commercial relationship, taking the delivery of online retail and food one step closer to reality. Earlier this year, Flirtey also delivered medical supplies to an offshore vessel as a demonstration, a first in the U.S. Last summer, the company used a drone to deliver medical supplies, the first commercial drone package delivery approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Regulations for package delivery have not yet been finalized; although the FAA did release new commercial drone rules in June that will go into effect in August, the rules don't allow drones to fly outside of the line of sight of the drone operator, making it impractical to mass deliver the way some companies are waiting to do.