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.
Flight Forward drones have flown prescription medicines to the front lawn of a private residence and a retirement facility, the U.S.unit's first revenue-producing deliveries for drugstore chain CVS Health. "CVS is exploring many types of delivery options for urban, suburban and rural markets".
UPS Flight Forward can fly as many drones with as many remote pilots as it wants; there are no limitations on the size or scope of proceedings.More news: New Banjo-Kazooie game isn’t being developed by Playtonic
In September, UPS became the first company to win the broadest FAA certification to operate a drone airline.
Although drones have previously been used to fly prescriptions and other medical items around hospital campuses, or between medical facilities, this marks the first time in the USA items have been delivered directly to a paying customer. Once at the destination, the drone hovered 20 feet over the properties and lowered the packages by cable to the ground.
The drone flew autonomously while monitored by a remote pilot and lowered the packages by a winch as it hovered about 20 feet above the homes, UPS said in a statement November 5.More news: Prince Harry's son is crawling
On Oct. 1, UPS Flight Forward said it had received the first FAA Part 135 Standard certification for a drone delivery service, allowing it to expand the scope of its operations. "We're delighted to build new services that will shatter preconceived notions of how, when and where goods can be delivered".
UPS has focused much of its drone efforts thus far on hospital campuses, building on the success of an ongoing test program in North Carolina.
Initially, Flight Forward will work with the healthcare industry, using drones to carry critical packages around hospital campuses and prescriptions to customers' homes. UPS delivered medications to two paying customers on November 1, using the M2 drone system that the logistics company developed in partnership with Matternet. Amazon also tested out e-commerce deliveries to customers' homes in the United Kingdom.More news: China says it has agreed with U.S. to cancel tariffs in phases