The Jakarta Post
A drone flies over the mountains. French postal service La Poste reportedly has kicked off a trial drone-based delivery service. (Shutterstock/File)
French postal service La Poste has kicked off a trial drone-based delivery service amid the increased popularity of the unmanned aerial vehicle as a delivery tool.
As reported by dailysocial.id, the trial program includes a weekly schedule of drone deliveries through a more than 14.5-kilometer route.
The drone, which is a hexacopter with a carbon fiber chassis that can run a 20-kilometer route at a maximum speed of 30 kilometers per hour, is said to deliver parcels to tech companies that have expressed interest in participating in the program. Other features of the drone include the ability to carry 3-kilogram items, a navigation system that can receive and spread signals as far as 50 kilometers and a parachute for emergency landing.
Similar trials have actually been conducted by La Poste's subsidiary, DPDgroup, which has cooperated with drone company Atechsys since mid-2014. DPDgroup itself successfully tested a 1.5-kilogram parcel delivery as far as 14 kilometers.
The program reportedly aims to ease delivery to remote areas or areas not easily accessible and rough in terrain, such as the mountains. (jes/kes)