Amazon apparently won't be the only company offering drone delivery service: The United Postal Service could follow suit. UPS announced Tuesday it had successfully tested out a drone for residential delivery, a press release said. The company worked with Workhorse Group, a manufacturing company that created both the drone and the electric UPS car used to test the flight. The test drone successfully flew to its designated location, dropped off the package and then proceeded on its delivery route. The drone tested could carry up to 10 pounds.
In a city already already comically crowded with well-funded startups promising to deliver your next meal, today is not a happy day: Amazon just announced it's ramping up its one-hour Prime Now food delivery service in San Francisco. That's right: San Franciscans who already enjoy unlimited two-day shipping and video streaming for 99 a year can now also get food from 117 local restaurants delivered in about an hour. Available in 33 zip codes across the city, the service is Amazon's biggest rollout of Prime Now food delivery to date, the company says. Prime members place their orders through Amazon's standalone Prime Now app, which also offers one-hour delivery of a wide range of everyday products. Aside from the Prime subscription fee, food delivery comes with no additional markups or fees.
Don't look now, but Canada might just join the likes of France and the UK in ushering in the courier drone era. Transport Canada has approved its first drone test range near the tiny village of Foremost, Alberta, clearing the way for Drone Delivery Canada to launch a robotic cargo service as soon as late 2017. The roughly 927 square miles will help DDC prove that its drones can haul goods across long distances using satellite guidance. Tests with the company's early partners should start sometime in the first quarter of the year. The drone delivery system could be more important for Canada than it would be for other nations.