UPS Tests First Drone Delivery

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UPS, the world’s largest package delivery company, tested the delivery of a package via drone Wednesday in a small town outside of Tampa, Florida

The drone was mounted on the top of a delivery truck, and loaded by the driver, who placed a package into a cage from inside the truck, which is suspended under the drone through a hatch. The roof slid back to expose the drone, the driver pressed a button on a tablet, and the drone was off to fly autonomously to its destination.

The truck driver and the drone, an octocopter, shared the work. After launching the aircraft, the driver drove to deliver another package. The drone then docked back on the truck down the road to recharge.

UPS says that shaving off just 1 mile for each of its 66,000 drivers a day could save the company up to $50 million a year.

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