“four branches with propellers on the end extending from a hollow ring the size of a toilet. A yellow box, bearing the postal service logo, is lodged in the middle.”
Agence France-Presse states that Switzerland’s postal service recently announced that it has begun testing the use of unmanned drones to deliver mail.
Switzerland’s postal service confirmed that they are not likely to jump start the drone project for another five years. Swiss Post also stated they need to run further tests to investigate the restrictions of drones, such as battery life. In addition, Swiss Post also says they need to clarify the various requirements before launching the commercial drone project.
Moreover, the postal service’s executives recently displayed the commercial drones consisting of “four branches with propellers on the end extending from a hollow ring the size of a toilet. A yellow box, bearing the postal service logo, is lodged in the middle.” Presse also reports that the Swiss Post states that the drone is very light construction. Further, the drone is able to transport loads of up to “one kilo over more than 10 kilometres with a single battery charge.”
Swiss Post also confirms that the drone is able to fly independently with a secure flight path that is drawn up by computer software developed by Matternet. Presse confirms that Matternet is the drone’s US manufacturer.
Presse discloses that Swiss Post plans on currently using the drones for mainly emergency situations. For example, the drone would bring supplies to an area that is unable to travel to the outside world due to weather conditions.
In late 2013, Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, announced that they plan to launch a program using drones to deliver small parcels to customers in less than 30 minutes after the order is received. Presse further reveals, “the company warned last month that proposed US rules regulating the use of civilian drones could block it from launching the service, and called for them to be overhauled.”
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