In a testament to the rise of commercial drone deliveries, Susie and Paul Sensmeier of Christiansburg, Virginia have reportedly set a world record by receiving over 1,200 orders via Wing’s drone delivery service since 2019.
While drone technology might be typically associated with the younger generation, this octogenarian couple, 84 and 83 years old respectively, have proven that age is no barrier to embracing innovative solutions. For them, this wasn't just about embracing new technology but a matter of convenience and necessity. Susie, who suffers from vision problems, no longer drives, and although Paul is still behind the wheel, drone deliveries have reduced their need for frequent trips, providing an unexpected aid in their quest to remain independent in their own home.
Over the past four years, the Sensmeiers have ordered a diverse range of items, from everyday essentials like toothpaste and cold medicine to meals from local eateries. Their regular orders feature 371 hot meals from a local Mexican restaurant, 210 blueberry muffins from a neighborhood bakery, 107 bottles of orange juice, and 93 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies, sourced from a nearby chapter. Impressively, their average delivery time clocked in at just 12 minutes and 14 seconds from order to drop-off.
The Sensmeiers’ enthusiastic adoption of drone technology underscores the potential for drones to move beyond mere novelties. As their experience highlights, drone delivery can seamlessly integrate into daily routines, offering benefits that resonate across age groups.