Taiwan tests drone for difficult mail delivery

Test delivery of tea and coffee takes flight in rural area of Tainan

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/10/13
By: Scott Morgan, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s National Development Council (NDC, 國家發展委員會) has begun to test drones as a form of mail delivery, with a parcel of tea and coffee sent 3 kilometers as the crow flies on Oct. 11.

If all goes well, drone deliveries could be rolled out to rural areas as soon as next year, reports suggest.

The NDC commissioned consultancy Nomura Research Institute of Taiwan to devise an innovative method to deliver mail, and Zuozhen District (左鎮區) of Tainan City (臺南市) was chosen to play host, NDC said in a statement.

Zuozhen District was chosen because its low population makes mail delivery inconvenient and costly. The local post office has only two workers, and no provisions to deliver mail.

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