Drones are still a long way to become a reality with laws and policies for unmanned airbone vehicles to gain some clarity in most countries, but in France wheels are turning fast. Following Amazon and Google, who have been in the mills working on drones, a French mail company going by the name La Poste has joined the bandwagon and have field-tested their drone, and actually successfully delivered a package via the new service. Also Read - India gets its very own National Drone Policy; to come into effect from December 1Also Read - Facebook's Zuckerberg agrees closed-door talks with Members of European Parliament
This feat comes as America struggles with its UAV laws, which has stopped Amazon from taking off its Amazon Prime Air project. The service in France is called GeoDrone, and the pilot test was done in a village called Pourri res, which is in the southern region of Provence. The report states that there is no timeline as to when this service goes mainstream. Also Read - How Google, Facebook and Apple came out in support of Charlie Hebdo #JeSuisCharlie
La Poste states that this form of delivery will be extremely useful in hilly and mountainous areas. They posted the test video which shows an automated take-off, flight phase, landing and return to base. The drone delivery testing was done at the Centre d’Etudes et d’Essais pour Mod les Autonomes (CEEMA) site.
In an official statement, La Poste said that GeoPost partnered with Atechsys to develop GeoDrone electric delivery drone which is capable of autonomously transporting a parcel up to dimensions of 40 x 30 x 20 cm (16 x 12 x 8 in) and 4 kg (9 lb) in weight within a 20 km (12 mile) radius.
Enthusiasts have lined up many use cases for drones. From emergency aid, TV production, farming to even real estate, drones are believed to elevate many business industries. Until recently drones enjoyed limited restrictions in India, however that changed when the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) prohibited the use of drones in the country until it revises the existing policies (Aircraft Act, 1934).