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UPS is getting into the drone delivery business

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The drone delivery business is getting mighty crowded. And now UPS is making plans to muscle its way in.

UPS is teaming up with robot-maker CyPhy Works to test drones for commercial deliveries.

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In this Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 still image from video, aerospace engineer Felipe Bohorquez guides a test drone making a UPS delivery to Children's Island in Marblehead, Mass. (AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi)

The idea is to use drone delivery for remote or hard-to-reach locations.

Drones aren't going to take the place of all delivery.
Helen Greiner, CyPhy Works founder

"Drones aren't going to take the place of all delivery, but there are places where you have inaccessible location, an emergency situation where the infrastructure is down, you want or need the package quickly these are the areas where drones will be the best way to get a package to a location," CyPhy Works founder Helen Greiner said.

The move comes weeks after the the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) new test for commercial drones. While the regulations are still fairly stringent, it isn't stopping companies from entering the space.

And UPS is far from alone in testing drone deliveries. Already Wal-Mart, Amazon, Google and even Domino's and Chipotle have tried their luck.

UPS is getting into the drone delivery business

WATCH  | The two companies began testing this week, delivering an inhaler at Children's Island, off the coast of Massachusetts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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