Business, Technology

UPS Tests Drone That Uses Delivery Truck as Its Home Base

UPS Inc.

UPS Inc. completed a successful test of a truck-mounted delivery drone at a Florida blueberry farm last week, demonstrating how unmanned aerial devices might be used as part of the company’s residential delivery service and as a way to cut costs by reducing the number of miles traveled by UPS trucks to make deliveries in rural locations.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
February 27, 2017

North Carolina DOT Considering Drone Use for Highway Inspections, Natural Disasters

James MacDonald/Bloomberg News

Drones may become the latest tool for the North Carolina Department of Transportation when the state agency responds to natural disasters such as last fall's flooding from Hurricane Matthew.

Paul B. Johnson | The High Point (N.C.) Enterprise
February 16, 2017
Business, Technology

Amazon Popcorn Airdrop Makes Drone Delivery History


Retail giant Amazon has made its first drone delivery to an actual customer, dropping off a Fire TV device and a bag of popcorn to a house in the English countryside 13 minutes after receiving an online order.

Alan Levin and Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
December 14, 2016
Business, Technology

Safety Enforcement of Commercial Drones Found Inadequate

Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News

U.S. aviation regulators approved commercial drone applications so quickly in recent years that they missed safety violations and took few enforcement actions, a government watchdog report concluded.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
December 6, 2016
Business, Technology

Alibaba Rival JD Envisions Its Own Delivery Drone Fleet in China by End of 2017

JD.com via Bloomberg News

From Amazon.com Inc. to Domino’s Pizza, technology giants and retailers have dreamed of drone deliveries for years. One Chinese e-commerce giant intends to make it a full-fledged reality by 2017.

Bloomberg News
November 11, 2016
Business, Technology

Alphabet Taps Brakes on Delivery by Drone Project

Project Wing, Alphabet Inc.

The latest Google drones have just started taking flight in the real world. But the team behind the technology is slowing down, trimming headcount and shelving initiatives as the experimental unit becomes the latest target of tightening budgets across parent company Alphabet Inc.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
November 8, 2016
Business, Technology

Google Tests Drone Delivery With Burritos for Undergrads

Project Wing, Alphabet Inc.

In a closely guarded experiment involving the future of transportation, Project Wing — a division of X, founded by Google and now a child of Alphabet Inc. — is air-dropping fast food onto the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Henri Gendreau | Bloomberg News
October 4, 2016
Business, Technology

UPS Drone Test Fosters Optimism

UPS Inc.

Drone technology is evolving so rapidly that companies such as UPS Inc., FedEx Corp. and Amazon.com could be using them within five years, according to industry watchers.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
October 3, 2016
Business, Technology

UPS Starts Commercial Drone Tests

UPS Inc.

UPS Inc., teaming up with drone-maker CyPhy Works, announced drone tests to deliver packages in remote areas.

Transport Topics
September 23, 2016
Business, Technology

Mercedes Shows Off Electric Delivery Van Equipped With Drone Swarm

Daimler AG

Mercedes-Benz is looking at mounting automated flying drones onto a new line of electric vans as part of a $562 million investment aimed at speeding delivery times for online orders.

Elisabeth Behrmann | Bloomberg News
September 7, 2016