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UPS Drone Unit Makes First Revenue Deliveries For CVS

07 November 2019

On Friday, a Matternet M2 drone finished two short, autonomous flights to customers' homes near a CVS store in Cary, North Carolina. Indeed, it's unique circumstances like these that make drone delivery all the more appealing.

In October Flight Forward became the first drone service to be granted permission by the Federal Aviation Authority to operate an unlimited number of delivery drones, at night and even beyond the sight of pilots if it wishes. UPS was the first company to be awarded this certification and predictably, it wasted little time in taking to the skies.

UPS subsidiary UPS Flight Forward successfully completed its first revenue-generating drone delivery of a medical prescription from a CVS pharmacy directly to a customer's home in Cary, North Carolina on November 1, 2019.

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Flight Forward and drone startup Matternet have inked a variety of deals to deliver biological samples on a handful of medical campuses.

The flights were conducted autonomously while being monitored by a remote operator who could intervene if necessary, said UPS Flight Forward, the package carrier's drone subsidiary. The two corporations introduced very last thirty day period that they were teaming up to develop commercial drone delivery use scenarios together with the transport of prescriptions and retail merchandise from CVS suppliers to customers' households.

One package was delivered to a customer whose limited mobility makes it hard to travel to a store to pick up a prescription. "CVS is exploring many types of delivery options for urban, suburban and rural markets".

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UPS and CVS, have completed the first commercial medical drone delivery in the US.

"We see big potential in drone delivery in rural communities where life-saving medications are needed and consumers at times can not conveniently access one of our stores", CVS president Kevin Hourican said in a statement Tuesday.

It's not exactly a booming business with just two deliveries. "We're delighted to build new services that will shatter preconceived notions of how, when and where goods can be delivered". UPS is already working with North Carolina-based WakeMed Hospital to move items around the institution's Raleigh campus. Amazon also tested out e-commerce deliveries to customers' homes in the United Kingdom.

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UPS Drone Unit Makes First Revenue Deliveries For CVS