Singapore is going to have robotic mail carriers, in the near future. Singapore’s postal service provider, SingPost revealed its plans to use drones for mail deliveries.
The company said that the trial phase has laready been completed and drones developed by IDA Labs will be used to serve the purpose. IDA Labs is also the leading organization in the nation in charge of developing smart city technology.
Here are the details:
The test flight which took five minutes carried a payload of a letter as well as t-shirt in a packet and flew a total distance of two kilometres. The drone is equipped with enhanced safety features, and is complemented with a prototype app designed with security and verification features that ensures the mail reaches its intended recipient. It has the capacity to carry a payload of up to half a kilogramme, fly at a height of up to 45 metres and travel a distance of 2.3 kilometres. The focus of the flight was to test the drone technology and safety boundaries.
The overall process is on test-phase and a prototype app has also been designed to allow customers to choose where to receive their package via the drone. SingPost believes that the whole process needs to go through several tests before making a real rollout and this will also put the unmanned crafts on the payroll.
Several other companies like Alibaba, and Amazon have used drones to deliver merchandise, but delivering mail, which is also a daily job might be real handy when drone-tech is used. It’ll help on delivering mails to places with difficult terrain or places with more water, however, the company is also not letting go of its workers to redeploy them on other areas.