UPS’s Flight Forward drones have now flown prescription medications to the front lawn of a private home and to a retirement center, marking the company’s first revenue-generating deliveries for drugstore chain CVS. The maiden delivery flight was completed on Friday in Cary, North Carolina, and the second drone flight delivered medications to a public space at a retirement community. These shoe box-sized packages were lowered from drones hovering at an altitude of about 20 feet. Read more for two videos and additional information.
UPS and CVS announced on Tuesday that the deliveries were the first of their kind under an program approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), while regulators are still fleshing out rules for how the unmanned winged vehicles will operate in U.S. airspace with guidelines expected in 2021.
We see big potential in drone delivery in rural communities where life-saving medications are needed and consumers at times cannot conveniently access one of our stores. CVS is exploring many types of delivery options for urban, suburban and rural markets,” said Kevin Hourican, president of CVS Pharmacy.