Technology UPS drone delivers medicine from CVS straight to customers' homes
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Another day, another first in drone deliveries.
Just two weeks after unveiling a new partnership to explore drone shipments, announced Tuesday that they completed the first commercial medical prescription drone delivery in the US under a Federal Aviation Administration-approved program.
On Friday, a Matternet M2 drone finished two short, autonomous flights to customers' homes near a CVS store in Cary, North Carolina. The prescriptions were lowered to their destinations via a cable while the drone hovered about 20 feet about each address. UPS said one of the packages was delivered to a customer with limited mobility, which makes it difficult for them to make the trip to a nearby store. While UPS declined to say the length of the trips, it said they were both within the line of sight of a UPS drone operator who was on hand to take over the flights if needed.
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UPS spokesman Kyle Peterson said these flights weren't the start of an ongoing service but rather the beginning of an evaluation with CVS. This exploratory work includes the delivery of retail products like shampoo and paper towels.
While these CVS deliveries are a small first step, they point to a potentially promising future in which many more people will get their deliveries from e-commerce giants and local stores within minutes via drones, and businesses will be able to use drones to speed up their productivity.
Still, plenty more safety and regulatory considerations are needed before any of this work could become mainstream.
Virginia town becomes home to nation’s first drone package delivery service
Wing, FedEx and Walgreens team up to send packages by air to customers’ front lawns.The aircraft — operated by Wing, an offshoot of Google’s parent company — approached with a high-pitched whine, hovered in the clear sky above their front lawn and gently lowered a FedEx box containing a new puffy vest for Susie.
Using its new drone subsidiary, called UPS Flight Forward, the shipper is already providing drone deliveries oncampus in Raleigh, North Carolina, sending lab samples back and forth between neighboring buildings and the central lab center. The company is already considering flights between hospitals to provide easier access to lifesaving medicines like anti-venoms.
The FAA has generally allowed drone flights that are within the line of sight of an operator, as was the case with these recent CVS flights, though UPS and its competitors are working toward developing drones that can be used without that requirement so they can fly around without needing an army of employees blanketing every neighborhood.
CVS, UPS to partner on drone delivery tests for medications
CVS Health and UPS are testing a program to deliver prescription medications by drone in a plan that could result in deliveries in as little as 10 minutes after ordering. UPS Flight Forward, which already delivers medical samples by drone at WakeMed Hospital in North Carolina, made the announcement on Monday, just weeks after it received federal approval to start delivering packages via drones, according to a statement.
Last month, thea Part 135 Standard certification, giving the company much broader approval to complete drone deliveries, without the need of human line of sight. So far, UPS has expanded its partnerships with hospital complexes, but it's teaming up with CVS to test out retail drone deliveries, too.
There have been a number of other similar drone flight tests in the US, with completing burrito deliveries in 2016 and finishing a test delivery of sunscreen in the controlled airspace of an airport in 2017. Amazon also tested out e-commerce deliveries to customers homes in the United Kingdom.
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