Swiss Post to test drone delivery
Posted: July 8, 2015 at 7:55 pm
Swiss Post is testing delivery by drone, in particular for emergency situations or for delivery of special items.
The tests will be carried out during July. Swiss Post says that it does not expect the widespread use of drones for delivery within the next five years.
One potential application for drone delivery could be bringing supplies to an area that has been cut off from the outside world following a storm.
Another realistic possibility is the urgent transport of urgent consignments such as laboratory test results.
There are regulatory and technical hurdles to be overcome as well, including battery life.
The drone being used in the tests, produced by Matternet ONE, is capable of transporting loads of up to 1 kilogram over more than 10 kilometres with a single battery charge. It flies autonomously.
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