A bicycle clothing company has started producing its own drone gear with the help of a local startup.
In a new video released Thursday, the company, Schwinn Bicycle Co., explains how it developed the custom drone equipment and why it plans to offer its products in stores and online soon.
The company launched the DroneGear store in the hopes that customers could get the full-size model of its gear without paying extra.
Schwinn, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, said it received more than $100,000 in funding and has hired more than 100 workers to make the drones.
The drones can carry up to 200 pounds of gear, including a backpack, a bicycle frame, helmet, and a saddle, according to the company.
The drone is controlled via the Internet, and can be programmed to deliver packages to the customer’s home or office.
The store also offers accessories, including straps for attaching a bike frame to a bike or a helmet to a helmet.
“You can use the drone as a mobile kiosk, as a table for a table, or as a shopping cart,” said Schwins founder and CEO David Wills.
“You can also use it to sell bikes to customers in your local community, which is an awesome way to engage the community.”
The company said it has sold more than 40,000 products to customers and will be expanding the drone to more stores soon.
Schwalens founder said the company expects to sell the drone gear in about 20 stores in the United States by the end of this year, with the intent to expand to other markets as well.
Schwanns drone gear is available for purchase online and at several stores in North Carolina.
The company also sells drones that are customized to fit specific customers.
In a blog post, Wills said the drone was inspired by a real-world scenario.
“One of our customers in Florida came to our shop with a new bicycle frame he was interested in, but didn’t have the money for a frame.
So, we were able to help him buy one that we could use as his bike frame,” he wrote.
“He said he wanted a bike that was the size of a car tire, but could take on all kinds of bumps, and he was able to get a nice bike for about $600.”
The drone is currently available for pre-order at Amazon, and will ship in December, according.
Schwains said it plans on offering its drone gear online and in stores this year.
Wills noted that the company has also expanded the drone in terms of the amount of parts, the gear weight, and the price, as well as its functionality.
Schwatn said it expects to launch the drone store in at least 20 more cities over the next year, and said the first store will likely be in Florida.
Schwuins drones will be available for $499.95, and retail prices will range from $199.95 to $799.95.
Schwedins drone gear has a battery life of more than five hours.
Schweins is looking to sell drones at retail outlets in the U.S. and in other countries.
Schwedns drone is a part of its “tactical” product line, which includes gear designed to perform aerial maneuvers, like the ones used in combat.
Schwarns drones have also been used by the U, U.K., and Germany to deliver food to customers, according, Schwarns.
Schwitzn said the drones are more than just a novelty.
“It’s an everyday piece of gear that has a life of its own,” said Wills, adding that the drone will be used to deliver more than 20,000 packages to customers per month.
“We have customers in all 50 states and Canada.”
Schwarn said drone gear could become an important part of the world’s supply chain, as it can deliver a range of goods, from food to construction materials, as soon as a package is received.