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Drone-powered deliveries in Australia soon?

Drone-powered deliveries in Australia soon?

Starting March 2014, Zookal wants to offer Sydney students to get drones to deliver their books. An app will tell them in real-time where their order is located, with start-up Flirtey promising book deliveries within two to three minutes.

From books to blood bags?

Australian company Flirtey came up with the idea and hopes it has a grand future: the company believes that food and even blood bag transports from blood banks to hospitals would be possible. A drone would be able to carry 2 kilograms of load.

 

Other companies have already tried to perform drone-powered deliveries, but none have launched a commercial version. Domino’s Pizza has tried out the DomiCopter in Great Britain, and Tacocopter.com aims to deliver taco’s in San Francisco using drones.

 

2 euro per delivery

Flirtey’s drones will fly autonomously, using technology to avoid birds and buildings, and high enough as not to disturb people on the street. When they are delivering something, they will remain 3 meters high while the customer has to pull a rope, to trigger a ‘drop’. People would have to pay 2.99 Australian dollars (some 2 euro) for the service.

 

Flirtey still has to get approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. If that organization does not approve the idea, then Flirtey aims to create fixed drop-off points.

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