United Porsche Service (UBS), a company known as UPS, said it received the first full approval from the US government to operate a drones for delivery, giving it the lead in the delivery of drones to rivals Amazon and Alphabet.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded UAV's Fleet Forward, a specialist for drones, to standard Part 135 certification on Friday.
The company said that the certificate allows it to expand delivery service in certain places such as the campus of hospitals and universities, adding that delivery in residential areas is still far away.
This certification allows UBS pilots to fly drones to places beyond their field of vision and opens the door for the delivery company to expand the business of its fled forward unit.
The fledgling unit will immediately double the number of flights by drones to its main clients: WakeMed Health Hospitals and North Carolina Hospitals.
"We are going to make 20 flights a day per drones," said Scott Price, senior strategy and transformation officer at UPS.
"It is a commercial company, not a prototype or a test," Price said of the Flight Forward unit, which transports blood and tissue samples to Wickim Central Laboratory from points around the hospital's main campus.
UBS said its latest certification paves the way for Flight Forward to add delivery projects on other campuses without seeking government approvals for each.
"There are hundreds of universities in the United States," Price said, adding that UPS was seeking to expand parcel delivery by drones in hospitals, businesses and universities through its new unit, Flight Forward.
Google and Amazon are still in the testing phase
Earlier this year, Google's sister unit, Alphabet Wings, was the first company to receive US airline certification for a pilot test flight and tested home deliveries in a rural area around Blacksburg, Virginia.
|Amazon also received certificates to test drones but did not get a work permit such as UPS .|
Amazon, known for commercial drones, has also won test certificates to test its drones.
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