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UPS Begins First Regular Commercial Drone Deliveries in U.S.

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UPS is making regular commercial drone deliveries for the first time.Source: TicToc

United Parcel Service Inc. and a startup drone partner began the first continuing commercial drone deliveries in the U.S., making a short flight carrying a medical sample between North Carolina hospitals on Tuesday.

The deliveries, using a drone made by Matternet, take less time than the vehicles used by the WakeMed Health & Hospitals network in Raleigh. UPS plans to make multiple flights daily for the hospital system, augmenting the ground service that is performed by another company. UPS expects to use the experience gained with WakeMed to offer similar services to other U.S. hospitals.