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UPS to Fly Medications by Drone to Florida Retirement Area

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The deserted town square of The Villages.

UPS plans to use drones to deliver prescriptions to residents of The Villages in Florida.

Credit: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service/Getty Images

UPS will use drones to make prescription deliveries to residents of The Villages in Florida, one of the biggest retirement communities in the U.S.

These time-sensitive deliveries, which will begin early this month, will be the first paid residential deliveries by UPS's Flight Forward drone unit.

Last year, Flight Forward was granted approval to operate under relaxed rules for commercial lightweight unmanned aircraft.

The drones will deliver the prescriptions from a CVS store about a half mile away to a central location, after which a Flight Forward employee will deliver them by golf cart to homes.

UPS' Bala Ganesh says the ultimate goal is to make deliveries directly, with the drone lowering the packages to customers’ doorsteps by winch.

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