FAA grounds Valentine’s flower delivery drone

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — FlowerDeliveryExpress.com recently conducted the first flower delivery by drone. The company was immediately notified by the FAA that commercial use of drones is only authorized on a case-by-case basis, which led CEO Wesley Berry to halt future testing with drones.

FlowerDeliveryExpress.com had intended to deliver as many free rose bouquets as possible to its beta test group on Valentine’s Day so as to benchmark the delivery capacity of its drone, according to Berry. The company currently uses traditional delivery methods to serve its customers across the country.

“Unfortunately, we can no longer conduct testing of delivering flowers by drone,” said Berry. “However, the good news is that this technology is here to stay. When the time is right, we’ll be ready for orders to be delivered, not by an address, but by GPS coordinates. It’s exciting to plan the future of the business based on this emerging technology.” 

The drone flower delivery, which took place Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in metro Detroit, can be viewed on YouTube here



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