AsiaIndustrial NetNews: According to Singapore media reports on April 18, SingPost and Airbus signed a drone delivery research and trial agreement, which means that drone delivery may soon be realized.
With the signing of the agreement, SingPost will be a partner in Airbus’ Skyways parcel courier project, which aims to develop the safe use of drones to deliver parcels in urban environments.
Airbus and SingPost are planning to launch a trial run of a drone delivery at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in early 2018, which will follow a predetermined route to deliver packages weighing less than 4kg across campus.
Airbus will be responsible for the development of the drone hardware, while SingPost will provide logistics support.
Airbus Helicopters’ Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer Jean Brice Dumont said: “The project has been progressing well and we welcome SingPost as a partner in this critical phase in building a robust package delivery system.” Jean Brice Dumont The agreement was signed with Mervyn Lim, Group Chief Executive Officer of SingPost.
Mervyn Lim said: “The project is designed to meet real-world challenges, such as flying safely and accurately between high-rise buildings in the city, to meet the needs of the client.”
This is not the first time SingPost has explored the use of drones to deliver parcels and letters. In September 2015, SingPost delivered a letter and a T-shirt from Lorong Halus to Pulau Ubin using an off-the-shelf drone system developed by SingPost engineers and the Infocomm Development Authority Laboratory manufacture.
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