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Ford is testing drone delivery at an abandoned train station in Detroit, which is under restoration.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAM) will deliver medicines, food and other small items to residents of areas within a radius of 5 km. They will also conduct inspections of buildings.

The company's ultimate goal is to get approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, which will allow drone operators to fly long distances and beyond the line of sight. 

Ford bought out Michigan Central Station in 2018 and made it the center of its future mobility projects. Earlier this year, the company reopened an adjacent building, renamed Newlab, which will serve as a venue for automotive startups.

The company will partner with cloud software provider Airspace Link, which has already received FAA approval for drone testing. Ford is also working with the state Department of Transportation.

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