Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

UPS completes first residential drone deliveries from a CVS Pharmacy

UPS completes first residential drone deliveries from a CVS Pharmacy

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. Indeed, it's unique circumstances like these that make drone delivery all the more appealing.

In September, UPS became the first firm to win the broadest FAA certification to operate a drone airline. UPS was the first company to be awarded this certification and predictably, it wasted little time in taking to the skies.

UPS Flight Forward, a subsidiary of UPS, has announced the successful completion revenue-generating drone deliveries, which transported prescribed medicines from a pharmacy directly to two customers' homes. To date, UPS Flight Forward and Matternet have finished a lot more than one, 500 revenue-producing drone deliveries.

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. "Delivering prescriptions by drone straight to households could significantly improve the patient practical experience for CVS clients".

'CVS is exploring many types of delivery options for urban, suburban and rural markets. The drone hovered about 20 feet over the properties and slowly lowered the packages by a cable and a winch to the ground.

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"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", said Kevin Hourican, president of CVS Pharmacy.

UPS Chief Executive Officer David Abney is betting that drone deliveries will grow quickly, especially in rural areas, and is investing to keep the courier competitive with Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc. and FedEx Corp.

It's not exactly a booming business with just two deliveries. "We are delighted to make new services that will shatter preconceived notions of how, when and where by merchandise can be sent".

In March, UPS and Matternet began drone operations across the WakeMed medical campus in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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