Now, Drones Will Deliver Your Packages!
UPS has unveiled drones in order to make its customers delivery more efficient: build them right into trucks, and launch them at various points along their route.
UPS ran an initial test on Monday, when it claims to have successfully launched a drone from the top of a truck, let it autonomously deliver a package, and then return to the truck at a different location.
“our package cars often have to travel miles to make a single delivery.” said Mark Wallace, an engineering executive at UPS. The company could save up to $50 million per year by cutting a mile off of every driver’s route each day.
The Federal Aviation Administration still requires drones to remain within their operator’s line of sight, which means they can’t yet depart from a truck all that far.