UPS expects to expand private home drone delivery by 2021

United Parcel Service (UPS) vice president Bala Ganesh said three key guidelines are coming together that will pave the way to expand private home drone delivery within two years.

“The first one is technology, a safe and sustainable technology that can be deployed. Number two is the regulatory environment that puts some guide rails around it. And last but not least, you need the customer needs,” said Ganesh, who is vice president of UPS’s advanced technology group, which oversees the Flight Forward drone program. UPS Flight Forward has flown more than 1,000 revenue generating flights as part of its hospital campus delivery program at WakeMed in Raleigh, N.C. Those flights began last March.

Flight Forward recently announced plans to expand that program to the University of Utah Health Network in Salt Lake and UPS just launched private home delivery last month in partnership with CVS Pharmacy (CVS).