“What’s the difference between a hallucination and a vision? A hallucination is when only one person sees the picture, but a vision is when other people start seeing that picture. The question is, how do we get an idea from hallucination to vision?”
Since then, UPS and other companies have been moving the dial on enabling drone deliveries in the United States—transforming that vision into a reality. Tests and pilot programs are popping up all over the country. With COVID-19 and the clear use-case for drone delivery, Commercial UAV News has seen these efforts only increase. Here are some articles we have posted in the past few weeks alone:
- UPS and CVS Set to Deliver Medications to Vulnerable Retirement Communities in Florida During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- DroneUp Discusses Key Takeaways, Learnings, and SOPs Gained from Their Recent Last Mile Drone Delivery Tests with UPS and CIT
- Wingcopter and UPS Collaborate to Improve Drone Delivery
Although far from the widespread implementation we all are hoping to see in the coming years, these isolated testing sites are providing valuable information on our capabilities and are helping to set the standards for the rest of the industry.
With all that has been happening in the U.S. and internationally, we will be hosting a webinar, “Is the World Ready for Drone Delivery?”, on May 13th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM U.S. Eastern, which will critically explore what this change in momentum means for the industry. During the webinar, we will speak with a panel of drone delivery insiders—Michael Healander, President & CEO, Airspace Link, Inc.; Alexander Harmsen, CEO & Co-Founder, Iris Automation; Ed De Reyes, Chairman and CEO, Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc.; and Matt Fanelli, Director of Strategy and Operations, Skyward, A Verizon Company—to get their take on where drone delivery is headed.