Walgreens says that it will be using drones to deliver packages to residents in two Texas cities next week in partnership with Wing, an affiliate of Google.
The service will begin testing next week in the fast-growing cities of Frisco and Little Elm, situated north of Dallas, reports ABC News.
Drone company Wing has been testing the concept in a Virginia town and parts of Finland and Australia but it will be the first time it would be used commercially in the United States.
“We are gradually moving into denser and denser environments,” said Jonathan Bass, head, marketing and communications, Wing.
Walmart, Amazon, and UPS are also working on drone delivery projects but they are facing technical and regulatory issues.
Americans have also not warmed up to the idea of packages being delivered by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), expressing concerns relating to safety, privacy, and nuisance caused by noisy a machine hovering near or over your house.
Walgreens says around 100 items, including medication, cosmetics, and snacks will be available for delivery by drones when the service starts in Texas in the next few months.
Workers at the stores will take online orders and then load the items on a Wing drone, which weighs around 10 pounds and is powered by two front propellers placed on the wings and 12 vertical propellers.
Though the drone can also be remotely controlled by a human, it will navigate autonomously and when it reaches the buyers’ location, it will release a tether to deposit the package on the front lawn.
According to Wing, it expects most of the deliveries to be made to single-family homes though in Europe it has delivered to apartments.
“The system has very advanced capabilities. It can plan and do millions of simulations before deciding which route is the best and reach very specific locations,” said Bass.
In the first phase, drones will be taking off from the parking lot of the Walgreens store, located in the shopping center near the border of Frisco and Little Elm. From there the drones will cater to people living within a 4-mile radius of the store.
In the city of Logan (Australia), Wing says it has made around 50,000 deliveries in the first eight months of this year.
A pilot project was started on a smaller scale in 2019 in Christiansburg, Virginia.
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Man shot and killed during argument in SE Houston rental home, police say
A man was shot and killed during an argument that took place at a gathering inside of a short-term rental home located in the southeast of Houston. The incident reportedly took place in the 7900 block of Bowen Street close to Glenrose Street at approximately 3:35 in the morning on Sunday, according to the police.
According to reports, first responders spoke with someone who stated they heard gunshots coming from inside the residence.
Officers from the Houston Police Department found a man inside the house who had been shot in the head. The door to the house was open when they went inside.
On the spot, a medical examiner determined that the man had passed away.
According to the statements made by investigators, there was a gathering taking place on the property when an argument became heated and gunshots were fired.
According to the first reports, there was a gathering at the residence when an argument erupted, leading to the firing of shots.
When the officers arrived, several people were seen leaving the area, but at the time of our most recent check, the officers were still working to determine whether or not the home was a rental property.
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Man saved from burning house in northeast Houston
Houston – According to the Houston Fire Department, a man was rushed to the hospital following a house fire on the northeast side.
A little after 5:15 a.m., significant smoke was coming from a residence in the 8800 block of Shady Dr. when firefighters arrived on the scene.
When it was discovered that individuals might be trapped, crews launched an offensive attempt to put out the flames.
One man was found and extricated from the residence by firefighters. Unknown to anyone, he was transported to the hospital.
There were no more injuries recorded.
Authorities are looking into what started the fire.
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A tragedy indeed: Houston police say two people died in an apparent murder-suicide in front of an 8-year-old kid.
The woman’s 8-year-old daughter was in the back seat when the shooting allegedly took place at 2 p.m., according to police.
Around 2:08 p.m., according to HPD Assistant Chief Ban Tien, police responded to many complaints regarding a gunshot at Texas Children’s Hospital, which is located at 18200 Katy Freeway. When they got there, they discovered a male in the passenger seat dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a woman in her 30s who had been shot to death.
According to Houston police, they proceeded to the hospital to get the child some medical care, but when they got there, the man shot the woman inside the car before turning the gun on himself.
A male was sitting in the passenger seat, and a child was in the rear seat, according to an HPD update.
When the incident occurred, the woman’s 8-year-old kid was in the car.
Police said a child was discovered unharmed at the scene of a murder-suicide outside Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.
Although their relationship is yet unknown, the man was not the girl’s father, according to the police.
The identity of the suspect and victim remain secret.
TCH – West Campus claims that the facility is guarded and accessible to anyone in need.
The inquiry is still ongoing. No more details, such as the circumstances surrounding the incident, have been made public.
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