Drone delivery service testing in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi has begun testing a new delivery service using drones. They work over short distances to deliver medicines, food and documents to different parts of the capital.
Subsequently, drones are planned to deliver parcels and documents over long distances as part of an initiative by Maqta Gateway, the digital arm of AD Ports Group, Emirates Post and SkyGo, an air logistics service provider.
The service’s testing will help gauge demand for drone delivery services for small and medium-sized parcels – the delivery process can be tracked in real time. Test results will be released in late 2022, with a commercial launch planned for 2023.
Previously, several drone demonstrations have been conducted in the UAE, including drones used to extinguish fires, monitor weather conditions, as well as in agricultural work for planting seeds.
In Dubai, for example, drones have been used to extinguish fires in high-rise buildings. The Dubai Civil Defence Authority has received permission to do so from the General Directorate of Civil Aviation.
The right to operate the drones allows the authority to use them to extinguish fires in hard-to-reach areas, including warehouses with hazardous materials and other confined spaces. The new technology allows rescuers to respond more quickly to calls and deal with fires.
In the first quarter of 2022, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority issued 180 operating permits for the use of drones, with around 20,000 people in the emirate legally using them today.
Source: The National
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