According to The Post, this is a “first world” / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB – AFP

The Position has been authorized by the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) to deliver packages by drone once per week on an air corridor delineated to 15 km in the Var, announced the public company Wednesday. This initiative is being conducted by its subsidiary DPDgroup after two years of testing.

The drone takes off from a relay-parcel located in Saint-Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume with a package on board, will travel 15 miles according to parameters pre-recorded and will land in a sort of basket in Pourrières, near a business incubator isolated involving a dozen start-up companies.

” world First “

The drone will remain piloted by a certified operator by the DGCA. The delivery by this new mode of transport there is a real craze currently. In the United States, the first delivery by a drone was conducted in July by a convenience store “7-Eleven” which had channelled through it to a chicken sandwich, a coffee and a donut in the region of Reno (Nevada).

Amazon has indicated his side on Wednesday, having completed its first delivery by drone to an individual in Great Britain on 7 December. But this is the first time in the world, according to The Post, that is the start of a ” line of business regularly.” This initiative is ” a new way to respond to the problem of the last mile, in particular for access to difficult access areas “, in the mountains, on islands or in rural areas, believes the public group.

Up to twenty kilometres driven

DPDgroup began testing the drone in June 2014, in partnership with the company in the var Atechsys. “After many tests and over 600 hours of flight, the drone of DPDgroup has demonstrated, in September 2015, his ability of flight in complete autonomy in carrying a parcel of 1.5 kg over a distance of 14 kilometers,” says The Post.

The drone can be a total travel up to 20 kilometers and carry up to 3 pounds, with a cruising speed of 30 km/h. And in case of a problem in flight, a parachute, a standalone device that can fire automatically.

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