UPS Tests Drone Delivery

On September 22, 2016, the United Parcel Service (UPS), a NEC member, tested a commercial drone delivery to an island off of Marblehead, Massachusetts.

The mock delivery simulated a situation in which urgent medicine needed to be delivered to an inaccessible location. The test brought an asthma inhaler from Beverly to a YMCA camp three miles off the coastline on Children’s Island. The delivery is the first of its kind in the United States since the Federal Aviation Administration released guidelines for commercial drone use in August.

“Our focus is on real-world applications that benefit our customers,” said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president of global engineering and sustainability. “We think drones offer a great solution to deliver to hard-to-reach locations in urgent situations where other modes of transportation are not readily available.”

The New England Council congratulates UPS on its successful test and for continuing to focus on innovation. Read more in the Boston Business Journal, The Wall Street Journal and the press release.

Recently from the Blog

Liberty Mutual Gives Boston Homelessness Nonprofit Largest-Ever Grant

10/27/2021 | Read Post

Bank of America Raises Minimum Wage to $21, Plans for $25 by 2025

10/27/2021 | Read Post

In the News

NEC to Honor Historic All-Female Lineup of 2021 New Englanders of the Year

08/2/2021 | Read Press Release

NEC Board Elects Three New Directors

04/27/2021 | Read Press Release