TESCO is testing out a futuristic new way to deliver shopping using drones.
The supermarket has revealed plans to use the technology for getting shopping essentials delivered to customers’ doors – and it could take just 30 minutes.
Drone delivery trials will begin at a single store in Ireland with the potential to extend it to further stores if successful.
Tesco’s innovation chief Claire Lomas said: “If our trial with Manna is successful, we believe there is an opportunity to reach many customers through our stores, extending via our drone service.”
The trial will begin in October and last for six months with an initial focus on a few grocery items she said in a webinar about innovation, Reuters reports.
Tesco said it will reveal more about the trial closer to its launch.
The grocery giant is working with a startup called Manna on the pilot.
It’s the same company working with Just Eat on delivering takeaways by drone.
Tesco top boss Dave Lewis said: “Manna have already proven the capability, the question is how do we take that capability and apply it to Tesco.”
Tesco is not the only supermarket looking at the technology. The trial comes hot on the heels of Asda’s parent company Walmart announcing its own drone delivery tests in the US.
Amazon’s plans for drone deliveries in the US were given the go-ahead by aviation officials this month.
Drone deliveries could be used to help people self-isolating from coronavirus get hold of vital supplies.
Tesco has doubled its online deliveries in the wake of coronavirus and created 16,000 new jobs.