Workhorse Group Inc. is one step closer to becoming the first company to offer a truck-based delivery drone system.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently granted Workhorse a Section 333 exemption allowing it to continue testing its unmanned aerial system (UAS), HorseFly, which is designed to launch from one of the company’s electric delivery trucks.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently granted Workhorse a Section 333 exemption allowing it to continue testing its unmanned aerial system (UAS), HorseFly, which is designed to launch from one of the company’s electric delivery trucks.

“The granting of this exemption by the FAA represents a key milestone in our development of the HorseFly UAS,” Stephen Burns, CEO of Workhorse, says in a December press release. “We have already initiated testing HorseFly in conjunction with our partner, the University of Cincinnati, at the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex.”

The 15-pound HorseFly can carry a package weighing up to 10 pounds. It can fly as fast as 50 mph and travel for up to 30 minutes. It is designed to fly from a retractable launch pad located on top of a Workhorse electric delivery truck. The trucks have proven popular with UPS which made headlines last year after acquiring 125 of the vehicles which feature a Tesla-like battery pack and a small engine for charging.

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