Verizon Skyward, UPS announce drone delivery service to Florida

Verizon’s Skyward and UPS Flight Forward have announced they will be working together to bring drone delivery to The Villages in Florida. The drones will use Verzion’s 4G and 5G networks, running on Skywards’ drone management platform.

During last year, the three companies worked together to develop and test drone deliveries using Verizon’s 4G network. The test location for the deliveries, The Villages in Florida, is an adult retirement community with a population of more than 77,000.

UPS Flight Forward has completed more than 3,800 drone deliveries over its lifetime, with a huge uptick in that number due to the global pandemic.

The Verizon 5G network will have enough resources to manage multiple drones at once while operating different delivery jobs. These drones will be dispatched from a central location and work with robots and electric delivery vehicles to get the job done.

The network and drone management platform will allow hubs worldwide to better monitor traffic moving in and out, especially as drones become more of a standard delivery method. At its CES 2021 announcement, Verizon shared that it will begin to test deliveries with its 5G network, to move away from 4G eventually.

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