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UPS, CVS Begin Delivering Prescriptions Via Drone

UPS, CVS Begin Delivering Prescriptions Via Drone”

"We now have an opportunity to offer different drone delivery solutions, tailored to meet customer needs for speed and convenience".

Flight Ahead's maiden delivery flight on Friday in Cary, North Carolina, beat competitors in a single section of the race for the burgeoning market.

"This drone delivery, the first of its kind in the industry, demonstrates what's possible for our customers who can't easily make it into our stores", CVS Pharmacy President Kevin Hourican said in a statement. The drone hovered about 20 feet about the qualities and slowly and gradually decreased the deals by a cable and a winch to the floor.

Last month UPS announced that Flight Forward achieved the highly restricted Part 135 air carrier certification, which allows for approved UPS drones to fly over people, at night and out of the operator's line of sight. The company is already considering flights between hospitals to provide easier access to lifesaving medicines like anti-venoms.

Wing, a drone operator owned by Google parent Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), is partnering with Walgreens (WBA.O) and FedEx Corp (FDX.N) for a home delivery pilot in Christiansburg, Virginia.

"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. "We are delighted to make new services that will shatter preconceived notions of how, when and where by merchandise can be sent".

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Retail cost is $5,000-$7,500.

Designed for non-experts to use, and capable of independent navigation.

The deliveries in Cary and at WakeMed were authorized under the FAA's test program, which involves the N.C. Department of Transportation and other companies.

UPS has concentrated a lot of its drone attempts thus considerably on healthcare facility campuses, creating on the good results of an ongoing exam application in North Carolina. The deliveries used the M2 drone system developed by UPS and its partner, drone systems developer Matternet.

According to a report from Forbes, the number of FAA certified drone pilots a year ago grew 50 percent over 2017, totaling 115,000.

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