FedEx announces launch of drone delivery pilot program in Virginia
FedEx announced that, "for the first time in the United States," a drone completed a scheduled commercial residential delivery to a home in Christiansburg, Virginia. The drone delivery was conducted by Wing Aviation, in collaboration with FedEx Express, as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program, the company stated. "Today's delivery of a FedEx Express package marks the launch of the first scheduled, commercial residential drone delivery service and the first scheduled e-commerce delivery via drone delivery trial in the United States," FedEx added. As previously reported, Wing has received the first authorization from the FAA to conduct scheduled, commercial drone package delivery to residences, and for the duration of the trial, Wing drones will transport select FedEx packages to qualifying homes in Christiansburg, said FedEx.