UPS, a popular American company dealing in the transport of parcels and logistics, and the pharmaceutical company CVS already in October last year announced that they are undertaking a cooperation aimed at providing drugs and medical means using drones. Today, in turn, we learn that the partnership is entering the next phase, in which UPS drones will deliver prescription drugs from a pharmacy in Florida to the largest senior center in the United States.
So it looks like UPS is taking further steps to include drones in their business model permanently, along with other forward-looking solutions like electric bicycles or trucks. Especially that last year the courier company got permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), an agency that regulates and supervises all aspects of civil aviation in the USA, to the service of “drone airlines”, allowing unlimited number of drone flights, flights at night and transporting larger than normal loads.
This enabled the launch of the first regular drug delivery service in North Carolina in March this year, which already has over 3,700 flights, and is now thinking about the next. Matternet M2 drones will again soar into the sky, loaded with medicines, and traverse the distance of 800 meters between the CVS pharmacy in Florida and the pickup point near the huge complex for The Villages seniors (from there supplies will cover the rest of the way by car), in which more than 135,000 people now live!
The first deliveries will start in May, so literally in a few days: – Our new drone delivery service will allow CVS to provide safe and efficient transport of medicines to this huge community of seniors, allowing them to receive medicines without leaving home – says Scott Price, UPS strategic plans. It seems to be a great idea, especially now during the coronavirus pandemic, where the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the disease and severe illness.