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Sunday 20 April 2014

DHL testing drone delivery service

BONN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09:  A quadcopter drone arrives with a small delivery at Deutsche Post headquarters on December 9, 2013 in Bonn, Germany. Deutsche Post is testing deliveries of medicine from a pharmacy in Bonn in an examination into the viability of using drones for deliveries of small packages over short distances. U.S. online retailer Amazon has also started its intention to explore the possibilities of using drones for deliveries.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BONN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: A quadcopter drone arrives with a small delivery at Deutsche Post headquarters on December 9, 2013 in Bonn, Germany. Deutsche Post is testing deliveries of medicine from a pharmacy in Bonn in an examination into the viability of using drones for deliveries of small packages over short distances. U.S. online retailer Amazon has also started its intention to explore the possibilities of using drones for deliveries. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Mail and express delivery firm Deutsche Post DHL is testing a drone that could be used to deliver badly needed goods to difficult-to-reach places.

The small pilotless helicopter is flying a package of medicine today from a chemist in Bonn to the company's headquarters on the other side of the Rhine - . the aircraft can carry up to 3 kilogrammes.

The test flights needed permission from local aviation authorities.

Amazon is also working on a drone service to be used for deliveries.

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