Amazon recently began making drone deliveries to people’s gardens in the UK. Now, DPDgroup has begun delivering mail with drones in France. Will lovers in Paris have post cards dropped off on their balconies, looking out on the Seine? Not quite yet, but we’re getting there.
From DPD’s official news release:
Following two years of tests, crowned with success, DPDgroup, GeoPost’s international parcel delivery network and international express subsidiary of Le Groupe La Poste, received authorisation from the General Directorate for Civil Aviation to deliver parcels using drones on a regular 15km route.
For the first time worldwide, a regular commercial route makes it possible to deliver parcels by drone.
If you work at a startup incubator in Pourrières, you can have your mail and packages up to 1.5 kg dropped off outside your office. Granted, the package will have to be loaded onto the drone in Saint-Maximin, 14 km away. Also, it isn’t dropped off on your doorstep or in your backyard like Amazon Prime Air. Rather, you have to get it from a specific delivery point in the neighbourhood.
Nevertheless, this is certainly adding to the momentum of the drone movement. It will be some time before you can send Granny a Christmas card via drone, but it is awesome to see companies large and small adopt this relatively new technology. Alphabet, Google‘s parent company, has partnered with Chipotle to deliver burritos using drones at Virginia Tech. Also, a startup called Flirtey partnered with 7-Eleven to bring Big Gulps to select customers in Reno.
I like my postal workers. They’re friendly and work very hard. It’s nice seeing them once a week when I’m actually home at noon. However, I do want them to have better quality of life. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if all they had to do was load a package onto a drone, instead of trudging through Boston blizzards to bring me my credit card offers?
What do you geeks think? Are you worried about packages falling from the sky, or is this the future? Let us know in the comments! If you don’t, I’ll send you a glitter bomb via drone.