Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 27, 2014
DHL launches the first commercial drone service in Europe. An autonomous quadcopter will be used to deliver modest sized parcels to a remote community off the coast of Germany inhabited by 2,000 residents. Items that will be delivered will include medication and other high priority goods.
Flying well under air traffic corridors, the drone will take off and land on a dedicated spot on the island of Juist where packages will be collected and delivered via overground DHL courier.
Unfortunately it looks like operators in the UK will not be able to offer a similar service any time soon the CAA do not currently allow UAVs within 50 meters of a building or person and the drone must always be within the operator's vision so Google is taking a different approach. Apparently they plan to use fixed-wing aircraft that won't land but will instead lower packages to the ground so watch this space (watch a video of the prototype Google Drone).
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