Wednesday 13 November 2019

Sign here please : Singapore's postal service begin testing drones to deliver mail

The SingPost drone
Credit: SingPost
The SingPost drone Credit: SingPost

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Singapore's national postal service, SingPost, have begun testing drones to use as part of their delivery service.

Last week they announced that one of their 'unmanned aerial vehicles' had flown over two kilometres to deliver a letter and a T-shirt to an island off the northeast coast of Singapore.

The journey took a mere five minutes.

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SingPost worked with a government technology agency, to construct the drone and used a custom smartphone to direct it.

The drone was battery operated.

"It will be a while before it is viable for drone mail delivery to take off in Singapore, taking into consideration commercial and safety factors," a government spokesperson said

However this isn't the world's first successful drone delivery.

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Three months ago an Australian drone delivery startup called Flirtey succeeded in carrying medical supplies and delivering them an airfield 57 kilometres away.

The Swiss Post also started testing a drone delivery system in July, while France's Le Groupe La Poste commenced testing short flights in 2014.

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