Monday 25th Sep 2017 - Logistics & Supply Chain

UPS begins drone tests

UPS has started testing drones for commercial deliveries of packages in remote areas alongside drone-maker CyPhy Works.

ups_cyphy_closeup_ground_package_released_lo_resTests began last week when a mock delivery of ‘urgently needed medicine’ was taken from Beverly in Massachusetts to Children’s Island, located three miles from the Atlantic coast.

“Our focus is on real-world applications that benefit our customers,” said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president of global engineering and sustainability. “We think drones offer a great solution to deliver to hard-to-reach locations in urgent situations where other modes of transport are not readily available.”

The drone used in the rests is a battery-powered Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) system which flies itself.

In August the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued new rules that have ‘expanded the uses of drones in commercial applications’.

Wallace added: “UPS has a history of innovation that reaches back more than a hundred years. UPS uniformed employees remain a vital connection to our customers, but tests like these reveal a bridge to the future of customer service and urgent package delivery. We are continuously exploring ways to improve our network to efficiently support our customers’ demanding requirements.”

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