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Walmart Seeks Permission to Test Drone Delivery

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NEW YORK —

Walmart asked federal regulators Monday for permission to put its own drones in the sky.

The company filed its request with the Federal Aviation Administration to allow the company to test a fleet outside.

Spokesperson Brian Nick said Walmart has been testing indoors for several months. If their FAA request is approved, the retail gian                                                                                                                                                   t will be able to send its drones into specified testing sites — which may include neighborhoods and Walmart distribution centers.

It’s another sign Walmart is clamoring to compete with Amazon, which has spearheaded commercial drone testing. The FAA gave it permission for Amazon to start testing drones in March.

Walmart plans to use its drones for home deliveries, though Nick said the company’s “initial focus” will be moving products between distribution centers.

“Walmart is within 5 miles of 70 percent of the U.S. population,” Nick said. “It creates some interesting possibilities.”