Drones Begin Delivering Packages in Switzerland

Packages in the air

In 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration is scheduled to release a set of rules on commercial drone use in the United States. When a final ruling is established on how, when and where drones can be operated, businesses are likely to seek ways to adapt them to serve a variety of functions. If they are ultimately adopted as a normal process of conducting business in the United States, the public could see them flying the friendly skies to delivery everything from pizzas to emergency response supplies. An experiment by one particular post is also looking at the possibility of adapting them for use as package delivery vehicles.

Swiss Post is currently testing the feasibility of delivering packages via drone. The test is designed to sort out the logistics of the process and determine if and how drones can efficiently deliver packages. The drones are being supplied by Matternet, the developers of the technology used in Swiss Post’s test flights.

If successful, the test flights could lead to the full-time use of unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver packages throughout Switzerland. The process could be of particular value in the delivery of items to regions of the country with rugged, difficult to navigate terrain.

When drones are ultimately approved for commercial use by the FAA, do you think the U.S. Postal Service will adapt them for use in package delivery?


1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

     /  September 9, 2015

    Amazon will if the PO doesn’t !

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