UPS and CVS have delivered drone history that could literally be just what the doctor ordered.
The carrier giant’s aerial subsidiary UPS Flight Forward partnered with drug-store chain CVS to complete the first-ever American commercial drone delivery of a prescription to a customer’s home – a mission both companies say will be the first of many.
On Friday, workers launched an M2 drone developed by Matternet from a CVS store in Cary, N.C. and delivered the medicine by lowering the parcel down to the customer using a cable and winch. The successful flight was followed by a second delivery to a homebound customer at a nearby retirement village.
“[The CVS delivery] demonstrates what’s possible for our customers who can’t easily make it into our stores,” CVS Pharmacy CEO Kevin Hourican said, adding that the company will explore delivery options in urban, suburban and rural markets.
UPS announced the launch of UPS Flight Forward in March after filing for FAA authorization. The FAA granted what is known as Part 135 certification last month, paving the way for…