UPS wins race to complete the first commercial drone delivery of prescription drugs in the US – beat competitor Amazon
- UPS and CVS worked together to test drone deliveries in North Carolina
- On November 1, the companies carried out successful deliveries to CVS customers
- Drones delivered recipes that were reduced to customers at home
UPS reigns supreme in the battle between the delivery areas.
The package company and its partner, CFS, have completed the first commercial delivery of medical drones in the US.
Using an M2 drone, the regulations were lowered to two separate destinations via a cable, while the unmanned aircraft hovered 20 feet above each house.
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UPS and CVS have completed the first commercial delivery of medical drones in the US. Using an M2 drone, regulations were lowered to two separate destinations via a cable, while the unmanned aircraft hovered 20 feet above each house
The milestone is due to the fact that UPS has become the first drone delivery service to have received full approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
UPS and CVS operated two flights on Friday, November 1 – both delivered recipes to paying customers in Cary, North Carolina.
& # 39; This drone delivery, the first of its kind in the industry, shows what is possible for our customers who cannot reach our stores easily & # 39 ;, said Kevin Hourican, president of CVS Pharmacy.
& # 39; CVS examines many types of delivery options for urban, suburban and rural markets.
UPS and CVS operated two flights on Friday, November 1 – both delivered recipes to paying customers in Cary, North Carolina. The pharmacist has packed the prescription and placed it in a UPS courier for delivery
A human operator then attached the box to the delivery drone
Using an M2 drone, regulations were lowered to two separate destinations via a cable, while the unmanned aircraft hovered 20 feet above each house
& # 39; We see great potential for drone delivery in rural communities where life-saving medicines are needed and consumers sometimes do not have easy access to one of our stores. & # 39;
UPS also shared that one of the packages was delivered to a customer with reduced mobility, suggesting that this service is not just about convenience, but can also help those in need.
"We now have the ability to offer different drone delivery solutions, tailored to customer needs for speed and convenience," said Scott Price, UPS Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer.
& # 39; Delivering prescriptions per drone directly to your home can significantly improve the patient experience for CFS customers. & # 39;
& # 39; We are excited to build new services that shatter pre-set ideas about how, when and where goods can be delivered. & # 39;
The milestone is due to the fact that UPS has become the first drone delivery service to have received full approval from the Federal Aviation Administration
HOW DOES THE MATTERNET M2 QUADCTOPER WORK?
Drones can carry loads of up to five pounds for distances up to 12.5 miles.
Retail costs are $ 5,000 – $ 7,500.
Weighs 27.5 pounds.
Powered by lithium ion battery.
Matternet & # 39; s M2 Quadcopter (shown here)
Designed for non-experts and suitable for independent navigation.
Also intended for use in Switzerland, Malawi and the Dominican Republic.
The companies use Matternet's M2 Quadcopters to deliver deliveries that are capable of transporting loads of up to five pounds for up to 12.5 miles.
UPS expansion plans will focus on offering comparable services in hospitals, universities and corporate campuses across the country, and promise to offer more than 20 flights per day per drone.
The new delivery system is part of the FAA & # 39; s Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Pilot Program (IPP), which aims to test the application of drones in the public and private sector over the next three years.
Other similar systems have been successfully used to deliver blood in Rwanda and in Switzerland, where a Matternet drone has already made more than 3000 flights.
While the private industry, especially e-commerce companies such as Amazon, have been keen to use drone technology to deliver the last mile, rules and regulations have kept the pace of commercial acceptance and use to a minimum.
Despite the methodical approach of regulators, interest continues to percolate.
According to a Forbes report, the number of FAA-certified drone pilots grew by 50 percent in 2017, to a total of 115,000.
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