UPS in pandemic alleviation drone delivery tests

The US Virginia Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) is working with drone delivery subsidiary UPS Flight Forward and two drone tech companies to look at how drones can help the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19.

CIT and UPS are working with drone tech companies DroneUp and Workhorse Group. “I am encouraged to see so many private sector partners stepping up and thinking innovatively as we work together to combat COVID-19,” said Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. “Drones can be an important way to deliver medical supplies while people stay home to adhere to our social distancing guidelines. Virginia is well-positioned to be a leader in the unmanned system industry, and we are pleased to be part of this initiative”.

The focus of the study in Virginia is to look at how the commercial drone delivery industry can provide and scale such systems to support the US healthcare system during the pandemic.

“We’ve proven through ongoing commercial drone delivery programs that effective drone delivery of medical products is faster than conventional ground-based transportation,” said Scott Price, UPS chief strategy and transformation officer. “Drones offer a low-touch option for delivery of lab specimens and medical products that could make a significant impact in an urgent response application.”