UPS drones face regulatory barrier
Drone-delivery services need a more sophisticated and robust regulatory framework, “including more direct regulation by state and local governments than either the US [Federal Aviation Authority] or industry has yet to realise,” says Reggie Govan, former chief counsel at the FAA.
His comments come after UPS announced its UPS Flight Forward drone-delivery unit. The company says it has applied for FAA certification that would enable it to deploy drone flights beyond an operator’s visual line of sight, and for day or night activity.
UPS is looking to roll its US drone medical samples delivery service at the WakeMed hospital, operated together with Matternet, into the new subsidiary.
UPS has previously partnered with Zipline to deliver blood products to remote areas of Rwanda.