Autonomous drone delivery and logistics company DroneUp has been approved to conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone deliveries by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
This approval allows DroneUp to immediately commence BVLOS operations at Riverside Health System facilities and paves the path for broader BVLOS rollout at additional locations throughout the country with existing and new customers.
DroneUp is now one of the few companies in the country to have a BVLOS waiver for medical deliveries. This approval permits DroneUp to conduct operations beyond the direct visual line of sight of the remote pilot in command throughout the entire flight. Participating visual observers are also not required to maintain sight of the drones.
This breakthrough enhances operational capabilities and presents a substantial cost reduction in the last-mile delivery process. By reducing the necessary human resources, DroneUp can now accelerate the safe and large-scale deployment of autonomous last-mile drone deliveries.
Tom Walker, CEO of DroneUp, expressed enthusiasm about the milestone, stating, “Securing BVLOS approval is a testament to our dedication to safety and innovation. We have some significant technologies coming out of stealth this year, which when combined with BVLOS, will unlock commercial scalability that the industry and our customers have been eagerly awaiting.”
John Vernon, Chief Technology Officer at DroneUp, commented, “Our ability to fly BVLOS propels us into the next level of using drone technology, undoubtedly enhancing the efficiency of medical deliveries, ensuring that crucial supplies reach healthcare facilities and patients promptly.”
The approval for BVLOS operations opens up substantial opportunities for the future of drone delivery.