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Drone Deliveries Begin a Slow Takeoff

Wing drone FedEx Corp.

Aerial drones are emerging as a way to help solve challenges associated with last-mile deliveries in a number of conditions and environments.

B. Cameron Gain | Special to Transport Topics
January 13, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

UPS Drones Win FAA Milestone Permission to Operate

Delivery Drone Bloomberg News

UPS Inc. won U.S. certification to fly drones under regulations similar to those for airlines, a milestone that allows the company to vastly expand airborne deliveries.

Thomas Black and Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
October 1, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Walgreens, FedEx Express Partner With Google Parent on Drones

Walgreens drone Walgreens

Wing Aviation, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., said it is collaborating with FedEx Corp.’s Express division and pharmacy retailer Walgreens to launch a drone-delivery service in Christiansburg, Va.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
September 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Walgreens, Google Affiliate Wing to Launch Drone Delivery Test

Wings drone that will deliver Walgreens products to customers in a new test. (Associated Press)

Walgreens and a Google affiliate are testing drone deliveries that can put drugstore products on customer doorsteps minutes after being ordered.

Tom Murphy | Associated Press
September 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Experts Discuss Challenges and Opportunities of Drone Delivery

Drones in the air A study by Resource Systems Group found that drones generate about 26 times less carbon dioxide than a car does on a typical trip. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Drones can offer an appealing alternative to traditional cargo delivery methods, according to Daniel Friedenzohn, associate dean of the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

North American Drone Companies Ready to Buzz

Flirtey Inc. drone A Flirtey Inc. drone. (Flirtey Inc.)

Drone companies are stepping up their plans to make final-mile delivery a regular part of freight movement by 2020.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
September 11, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Drone Tech Firm Cites Security in Cutting Ties With China’s Top Manufacturer

Drones Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News

A supplier of drone technology to dozens of state and local law enforcement and public safety agencies, located in the United States and a handful of other countries, will stop working with Chinese drone manufacturers, citing security concerns.

Joshua Brustein | Bloomberg News
July 17, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous, TCA

Startup Valqari Aims to Prepare Mailboxes for Drone Delivery

Valqari A UPS drone. (UPS Inc.)

You can build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door, Ralph Waldo Emerson noted in the late 19th century. More than 100 years later, Ryan Walsh is building a better mailbox so the world’s goods can be delivered to your door.

Suzanne Baker | Naperville (Ill.) Sun
May 15, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Catch Them if You Can: The Soaring Business of Downing Drones

Alphabet's Project Wing drone A Wing Aviation delivery drone. (Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg News)

After recent incidents of drones disrupting passenger flights and costing potentially millions of pounds in revenue, a cottage industry of companies has emerged, all hoping to solve the problems caused when drones fly where they are not supposed to.

Mike Juang | Bloomberg News
April 25, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Alphabet’s Drone Delivery Business Cleared for Takeoff by FAA

Drone A Wing drone in action, dropping off a package. (Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg News)

An offshoot of Alphabet Inc.’s Google has become the first drone operator to receive government approval as an airline, an important step that gives it the legal authority to begin dropping products to actual customers.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
April 23, 2019