UPS launches drone business to hospitals

United Parcel Service unveiled its drone delivery subsidiary on July 23, which will deliver to hospitals and health systems, according to Reuters.

UPS' Flight Forward is seeking Federal Aviation Administration certifications so it can continue to expand the business. The company could receive FAA certification for various drones and pilots as early as this year, making it the first company to win such approvals.

The package delivery company has plans to combine its hospital project with drone partner Matternet into Flight Forward.

Currently, Flight Forward makes five to 10 daily drone trips to WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, N.C. The drones carry blood and tissue samples from various points around the hospital's campus.

While it's unclear how much revenue UPS generates from the hospital project, UPS is in the works to recruit other hospital customers. Flight Forward is targeting healthcare companies as it seeks to use higher-project specialty deliveries, Reuters reports.

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