UPS just beat out Amazon, FedEx, and Uber to make America’s first revenue-generating drone delivery
UPS, in partnership with the drone technology company Matternet, on Tuesday began its daily drone delivery of medical supplies in WakeMed’s campus in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The drone delivery cut the transport time of crucial medical samples from about half an hour to just over three minutes.
It was the first revenue-generating drone delivery and is the first commercial application of the much-hyped and highly regulated technology.
UPS is part of a public-private US Department of Transportation drone-testing program started last spring. Amazon, which has made highly publicized moves into drone testing, was not included in the program.