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Royal Mail is building 500 drones to carry mail to remote communities

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Royal Mail is building a fleet of 500 drones to carry mail to remote communities all over the UK, including the Isles of Scilly and the Hebrides. The postal service, which has already conducted successful trials over Scotland and Cornwall, will create more than 50 new postal drone routes over the next three years as part of a new partnership with London company Windracers. Drones, or UAVs (uncrewed aerial vehicles), can help reduce carbon emissions and improve the reliability of island mail services, Royal Mail claims. They offer an alternative to currently-used delivery methods that can be affected by bad weather – ferries, conventional aircraft and land-based deliveries. They can also take off from any flat surface (sand, grass or tarmac) providing it is long enough.


UK postal service tests autonomous drone deliveries to remote islands

Engadget

It's not just online and big-box retailers that are exploring deliveries by drone. Following in the footsteps of the Swiss Post, the UK's Royal Mail is the latest postal service to trial drone flights. The company has announced a landmark project to deliver packages -- including personal protective equipment, COVID testing kits and assorted mail -- to a UK island using an autonomous Uncrewed Aerial Vehicle (UAV). As part of the government-backed project, a large drone will take off from the mainland and fly to the Scilly Isles (a remote archipelago off the Cornish coast in southwest England). The twin-engine UAV can carry up to 100kg of mail of all shapes and sizes, which the Royal Mail said is equivalent to a typical delivery round.


The Morning After: The Odin is a capable, portable retro console

Engadget

When it comes to retro portable gaming, even the better handhelds usually only emulate the original PlayStation and N64 era. But if you're a fan of the GameCube or PS2 libraries (and you should be), the number of handhelds capable enough, well-made enough and reasonably priced enough is small. But here comes the Ayn Odin. Editor at Large James Trew has been intrigued by what seems to be a pretty cohesive handheld console, with similarities to the Switch Lite and Steam Deck. 'The Pentaverate' is a reminder of what Netflix took from us The UK's Royal Mail wants to set up 50 drone routes over the next three years to make deliveries to remote communities.


The drones are coming: Unmanned machines fly to rural Japan's rescue

The Japan Times

For residents of Kosuge, an idyllic village nestled in a valley deep in the mountains of Yamanashi Prefecture, fast food is a luxury. There aren't any convenience stores or supermarkets in the tiny community, let alone a McDonald's. So when Aeronext Inc. celebrated its 100th on-demand drone delivery in Kosuge in July, the startup treated villagers to fast food chain Yoshinoya Co.'s signature gyūdon beef bowls -- steamed rice topped with thinly sliced beef and simmered onions. Amid a small crowd of curious onlookers, hot meals prepared in a Yoshinoya kitchen car were hauled onto spider-like drones that took off in regular intervals to several drop-off stations dotted around the village. For those who got to savor the dish, it was a taste of the city delivered by air, and a glimpse of a future in which these flying devices could become an essential part of rural life.


Singapore pilots drone food delivery across islands

ZDNet

Drones are slated to travel across islands in Singapore, carrying food orders to customers who do not have easy access to such services. The airborne deliveries will be tested in a pilot that aims to assess the viability of such services, including payment systems. Scheduled to run until April 7, the test flights are part of an initiative jointly run by Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC), ST Engineering, and FoodPanda. The pilot will see deliveries made from food and beverage (F&B) businesses on Sentosa to St John's Island, which is one of Singapore's Southern Islands. The tests aimed to determine the feasibility and operational requirements of such drone food deliveries, said SDC in a statement Wednesday. It added that the pilot would allow the organisation to look at offering customers more food options in future.