Officials in Dubai say the city is experimenting with drones to
deliver government documents to citizens. Unveiled this week, the
program is the first phase of what officials hope will lead to
widespread government use of unmanned aircraft across the United Arab
Emirates by next year.
“What these things are best suited for is delivery of small, light
value things that are time sensitive, like medicines, identification
documents, vital papers and things of that nature,” said Noah Raford, an
adviser to UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, according to The National. The drones would supposedly use retina scans and fingerprints to identify intended recipients.
The project shows that Amazon’s plan to deliver packages by drones
isn’t completely beyond the realm of possibility. But Dubai operations
will be significantly simpler than what Amazon would have to tackle in
order to replace good old-fashioned truck delivery.
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