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UPS received a brand new FAA-sponsored license to operate a virtually unlimited fleet of drones this week, now boasting a solid lead in the race for widespread drone delivery. Although this is a huge step forward for UPS, it likely means that competitors are also prepared to accelerate. Alphabet’s drone delivery unit, Wing, could be right behind after acquiring its own approval last month for food deliveries in rural Virginia. Meanwhile Uber launched drone delivery trials in San Diego this past summer as part of its Uber Eats division.

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