UPS Is Reportedly Testing Drones TooBy: Chris Crum - December 3, 2013
You’ve no doubt heard all about Amazon’s drones by now. Just in case you haven’t, the company introduced an ambitious new project called Amazon Prime Air, which delivers goods to people’s homes via drone. As soon as the FAA sets regulations that will make this possible, Amazon says it’s ready to go.
As you would probably guess, Amazon won’t be alone in sending drones out to deliver products to people. Not only are pizza providers interested, but according to a new report from The Verge, UPS has also been experimenting with its own fleet. Ben Popper reports:
Sources familiar with the company’s plans say it has been testing and evaluating different approaches to drone delivery. Asked for a comment, a company spokesman said that, “The commercial use of drones is an interesting technology and we’ll continue to evaluate it. UPS invests more in technology than any other company in the delivery business, and we’re always planning for the future.”
Amazon says that one day seeing its drones will be “as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today.”
Perhaps seeing UPS drones will be as normal as seeing UPS trucks.