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Royal Mail plans 500 drones for local delivery

UK postal service Royal mail We plan to use 500 drones for delivery to rural areas.

The pandemic reminded many of us of the important role that a humble post office plays in maintaining people’s connections. However, many rural communities struggle to access services that we often take for granted because of their location.

Royal Mail wants to change that and has identified over 50 postal routes that it wants to create using drones over the next three years.

The company is affiliated with a logistics drone company Wind racer The first routes identified for effort and service include the Isles of Scilly, the Shetland Islands, the Orkney Islands, and the Hebrides.

Stephen Wright, Chairman of Windracers, said:

“Especially remote supply and logistics middle miles have long been overlooked by the industry and the opportunity for innovation is ripe.

For the past five years, we have focused on developing the most commercially viable and essential logistics drones. Therefore, we are very pleased to work with Royal Mail on the deployment of this ambitious and pioneering autonomous aircraft.

This puts the UK at the forefront of this exciting sector. ”

UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) provide remote customers with something faster and more convenient.

Royal Mail has conducted four trials in the last 18 months. The latest trial took place last month in the Shetland Islands, where the UAV made a 50-mile (one-way) flight from Lerwick’s Tingwall Airport to Anst.

In the trial, we traveled using a twin-engine UAV with an autopilot system. Upon arrival at your destination, the drone will be unloaded and letters and parcels will be delivered from your local post office. Each UAV can carry up to 100 kg of mail of any shape and size.

Royal Mail believes that not only will it help connect local communities, but it will also help UAVs further reduce carbon emissions.

Simon Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Mail, commented:

“Our goal is to deliver on time, while protecting the environment, regardless of your location or weather.

Wherever you go, Royal Mail’s CO is already the lowest.2 Emissions per parcel delivered. This initiative will help further reduce emissions. ”

Rollout is Civil Aviation Bureau (CAA) However, Royal Mail aims to deploy 200 drones over the next three years to support more than 50 new routes.

In the long run, Royal Mail said it aims to more than double that number to create a fleet of 500 drones that “serve every corner of the UK.”

(Image credit: Colin Keldie, provided by SATE project)

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tag: delivery, Drone, logistics, Royal mail, uav, Wind racer

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