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Wired reports that United Parcel Service (UPS), which recently decided to add Sunday delivery to its repertoire of services in order to keep up with the e-commerce-driven competition, “is working to become the first commercial entity authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to use autonomous delivery drones without any of the current restrictions that have governed the aerial testing it has done to date.”

The tests that UPS has run have been in North Carolina, and have used drones to deliver blood and other medical supplies.

Now, Wired writes, UPS “has applied for the FAA certification that will allow it to operate revenue-generating drone flights without those restrictions, and potentially become the first commercial entity to do so. If approved, its first operations will be for medical, commercial, and industrial customers. Regular consumers have to wait a while longer for drone-delivered tennis rackets and toilet paper.”

It is expected that approvals could come before the end of the year.
KC's View:
I know there will be lots of questions, like will there be human operators at hand even for the autonomous flights, you know, just in case? What will happen if there is a mechanical failure? How will people react to drone deliveries? Will they have to opt in?

But I have to be honest. I have another question: Will the drones be brown?

Can’t help it. That’s what I want to know.