German postal carrier Deutsche Post DHL is testing a drone delivery service that could deliver medical and food supplies to areas with minimal road access.
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Germanyâ€™s express delivery company, Deutsche Post (DHL), is testing a drone that could be used to deliver urgently needed goods such as medicine to remote locations in the future.
The debut of the yellow remote-controlled helicopter follows the debut of Amazon’s octocopter, which could be used to deliver packages to its customers in the future, replacing postmen and cutting the delivery times of its goods.
The German firmâ€™s small quadcopter flew a package of medicine from a pharmacy in the city of Bonn to the companyâ€™s headquarters on the other side of the Rhine river.
The aircraft can carry approximately six-and-a-half pounds (three kilograms) and has four propellers, while Amazonâ€™s robot has eight.
#DHLâ€™s yellow drone is known as the â€˜Paketkopterâ€™ and flew at a height of 50 metres for one kilometre, taking just two minutes to complete its journey, The Local reported.
The German firmâ€™s small pilot-less quadcopter flew a package of medicine from a pharmacy in the city of Bonn to the companyâ€™s headquarters on the other side of the Rhine river was controlled remotely by technicians.
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Even the serious technophiles like Bezos say delivery drones and their ilk are still years away. Many ordinary people probably think the idea sounds dangerous, maybe even a little creepy, given that these drones will have cameras. So far, the US Federal Aviation Administration has resisted the idea. Swarms of computer-guided octocopters? As if the FAA doesn’t have enough to do.
But given the explosive growth of e-commerce, some experts say the shipping business is in for big changes. United Parcel Service, which traces its history to 1907, delivers more than 4 billion packages and documents a year. It operates a fleet of more than 95,000 vehicles and 500 aircraft, and is a $US55 billion-plus-a-year business. And, like Amazon, UPS is reportedly looking into drones. So is Google. More and more e-commerce companies are making a point of delivering things quickly the old-fashioned way – with humans