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UPS testing drones for use in its package delivery system

It has partnered with robot-maker CyPhy Works to test the use of drones to make commercial deliveries

One of the world's largest is stepping up efforts to integrate into its system.

has partnered with robot-maker to test the use of to make commercial deliveries to remote or difficult-to-access locations.

The began testing the on Friday, when they launched one from the seaside town of Marblehead. The drone flew on a programmed route for 3 miles over the Atlantic Ocean to deliver an inhaler at Children's Island.

The successful landing was greeted by jubilant shouts from and employees on the island to witness the test.

"I thought it was fantastic," said John Dodero, vice president for industrial engineering.

founder Helen Greiner, who previously co-founded robot-maker iRobot, said the drone tests with allow her company to gather engineering and cost information and then work with to look at where can add the most value to UPS' extensive network.

Still, the robot-maker doesn't see replacing delivery trucks, bikes, buggies or gondolas anytime soon.

"aren't going to take the place of all delivery, but there are places where you have inaccessible location, an emergency situation where the infrastructure is down, you want or need the package quickly - these are the areas where will be the best way to get a package to a location," Greiner said.

It's not all clear skies for drones, though.

Newly revised federal aviation regulations don't permit commercial to fly over people not involved in their operations and require them to remain within line of sight of their operators at all times, effectively rendering commercial deliveries impossible. But those restrictions aren't keeping drone-makers and their partners from racing to develop technology suitable for commercial deliveries while they work with regulators to tweak existing rules.

United Parcel Service Inc, based in Atlanta, isn't the only company testing drones. is testing it says will help it manage its warehouse inventory more efficiently, and Amazon.Com is testing them for home delivery.

Inc, based in Danvers, manufactures tethered surveillance capable of remaining airborne for hours while streaming reconnaissance data that can't be intercepted, jammed or spoofed.

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UPS testing drones for use in its package delivery system

It has partnered with robot-maker CyPhy Works to test the use of drones to make commercial deliveries

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One of the world's largest is stepping up efforts to integrate into its system.

has partnered with robot-maker to test the use of to make commercial deliveries to remote or difficult-to-access locations.



The began testing the on Friday, when they launched one from the seaside town of Marblehead. The drone flew on a programmed route for 3 miles over the Atlantic Ocean to deliver an inhaler at Children's Island.

The successful landing was greeted by jubilant shouts from and employees on the island to witness the test.

"I thought it was fantastic," said John Dodero, vice president for industrial engineering.

founder Helen Greiner, who previously co-founded robot-maker iRobot, said the drone tests with allow her company to gather engineering and cost information and then work with to look at where can add the most value to UPS' extensive network.

Still, the robot-maker doesn't see replacing delivery trucks, bikes, buggies or gondolas anytime soon.

"aren't going to take the place of all delivery, but there are places where you have inaccessible location, an emergency situation where the infrastructure is down, you want or need the package quickly - these are the areas where will be the best way to get a package to a location," Greiner said.

It's not all clear skies for drones, though.

Newly revised federal aviation regulations don't permit commercial to fly over people not involved in their operations and require them to remain within line of sight of their operators at all times, effectively rendering commercial deliveries impossible. But those restrictions aren't keeping drone-makers and their partners from racing to develop technology suitable for commercial deliveries while they work with regulators to tweak existing rules.

United Parcel Service Inc, based in Atlanta, isn't the only company testing drones. is testing it says will help it manage its warehouse inventory more efficiently, and Amazon.Com is testing them for home delivery.

Inc, based in Danvers, manufactures tethered surveillance capable of remaining airborne for hours while streaming reconnaissance data that can't be intercepted, jammed or spoofed.

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UPS testing drones for use in its package delivery system

It has partnered with robot-maker CyPhy Works to test the use of drones to make commercial deliveries

It has partnered with robot-maker CyPhy Works to test the use of drones to make commercial deliveries One of the world's largest is stepping up efforts to integrate into its system.

has partnered with robot-maker to test the use of to make commercial deliveries to remote or difficult-to-access locations.

The began testing the on Friday, when they launched one from the seaside town of Marblehead. The drone flew on a programmed route for 3 miles over the Atlantic Ocean to deliver an inhaler at Children's Island.

The successful landing was greeted by jubilant shouts from and employees on the island to witness the test.

"I thought it was fantastic," said John Dodero, vice president for industrial engineering.

founder Helen Greiner, who previously co-founded robot-maker iRobot, said the drone tests with allow her company to gather engineering and cost information and then work with to look at where can add the most value to UPS' extensive network.

Still, the robot-maker doesn't see replacing delivery trucks, bikes, buggies or gondolas anytime soon.

"aren't going to take the place of all delivery, but there are places where you have inaccessible location, an emergency situation where the infrastructure is down, you want or need the package quickly - these are the areas where will be the best way to get a package to a location," Greiner said.

It's not all clear skies for drones, though.

Newly revised federal aviation regulations don't permit commercial to fly over people not involved in their operations and require them to remain within line of sight of their operators at all times, effectively rendering commercial deliveries impossible. But those restrictions aren't keeping drone-makers and their partners from racing to develop technology suitable for commercial deliveries while they work with regulators to tweak existing rules.

United Parcel Service Inc, based in Atlanta, isn't the only company testing drones. is testing it says will help it manage its warehouse inventory more efficiently, and Amazon.Com is testing them for home delivery.

Inc, based in Danvers, manufactures tethered surveillance capable of remaining airborne for hours while streaming reconnaissance data that can't be intercepted, jammed or spoofed.
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