Amazon unveiled its Prime Air program, which if you haven’t heard yet, will use drones in order to deliver packages to users who live within a ten-mile radius from one of the company’s fulfillment centers. Amazon says they will be able to deliver purchases within 30 minutes of the order being placed, which could certainly help in securing those last-minute gifts. Amazon doesn’t seem to be the only company toying with the idea of using drones to deliver packages as UPS apparently is also conducting research on using its own drones for deliveries.
According to sources familiar with the company’s plans, UPS has been testing and evaluating the use of drone deliveries in different ways. When UPS was asked to comment on the claim, the company confirmed their interest in using drones for deliveries. “The commercial use of drones is an interesting technology and we’ll continue to evaluate it. UPS invests more in technology than any other company in the delivery business, and we’re always planning for the future,” said a company spokesperson.
Whether or not UPS actually begins offering deliveries by way of drones is yet to be seen, but considering Amazon already promises this service to its customers, we could certainly see one of the biggest names in shipping could also make it happen.