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UPS tests drones for deliveries


27 Feb, 2017 09:00 am

United Postal Service Inc. successfully delivered a package with an octocopter drone in Florida, as the world's largest courier tests ways to use autonomous devices to boost productivity and cut costs.


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In a rural area near Tampa, Florida, the drone successfully delivered a package to a blueberry farm about a quarter of a mile away from where the UPS van was parked. The drone then returned to the van even after it had moved 2,000 feet from its original spot.

UPS said the pilot test underscores how drones are particularly good candidates for use in rural areas. In these environments, delivering packages over long distances can drive up fuel and labour costs.

In addition to UPS, Amazon and Google's parent company Alphabet are also investigating how they can use drone for deliveries for retail customers.

Read more on Bloomberg 

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The use of drones for retail customers has been shown to work, however regulatory hurdles must be addressed before they can be deployed on a volume scale.
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