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DHL Express demonstrates a delivery drone of its own

•, Michael Trei
Unlike Amazon's announcement where we only saw some promo footage of the drone dropping off a package at a house, the DHL press demonstration included an actual drone delivering medicines from a pharmacy across the Rhine river, to the main DHL office building in Bonn. The flight took about two minutes, and topped out at around 150 feet in altitude. Unlike the autonomous GPS-guided drones proposed by Amazon, the DHL Paketkopter was flown by two technicians on the ground, and required special clearance from the German aviation authorities. DHL says that GPS guidance is in the future for its service too, but for the demonstration they decided to play it safe.

As with the Amazon plan, aviation regulations will play a key role in whether the drones ever get off the ground. There are also plenty of other questions about how this type of service would work on a practical level too. For example, how are they going to deliver packages to those of us who live in apartment buildings without a convenient outdoor landing area?

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Comment by Ed Price
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Is that drone really a DHL or Amazon drone? Or is it a spy drone? Maybe it's a terrorist drone. If it's a government drone... how much C4 can one of those drone boxes carry?

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