US’ FedEx plans to test autonomous drone cargo delivery with Elroy Air

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FedEx Express is teaming up with Elroy Air, the company building an end-to-end   autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aerial cargo system. As a first of its kind agreement in the US, FedEx has plans to test Elroy Air’s Chaparral autonomous air cargo system within the company’s middle-mile logistics operations, moving shipments between locations.

This is the latest initiative from FedEx in its effort to explore and adopt emerging technologies across its networks. The exponential growth of e-commerce has accelerated the demand for reliable, efficient transportation and logistics solutions throughout all stages of the supply chain. FedEx believes that continued innovation and automation will improve safety, efficiency, and productivity, the company said in a press release.

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