Australian Startup to Deliver Goods by Drone

Posted by: Maxine Brimmer (3 years ago)

Around the world, governments are beginning to relax legislation around the commercial use of drones; now one Australian startup wants to use unmanned aircrafts to deliver text books to students.

An innovative new startup called Flirtey is taking advantage of Australia’s advanced UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) laws by opening up a delivery service with a difference. Teaming up with Zookal, a university textbook store, the creative minds behind Flirtey hope to create an entirely new and innovative drone delivery service.

Anyone who orders goods from the internet, even from local or domestic businesses, knows that traditional mail services may take days to deliver the items. The idea behind Flirtey’s drone system is that the items would be dispatched directly from the seller via drone, which would be able to hone in on the customer’s smartphone location, potentially cutting delivery time down to hours or minutes. According to the startup’s co-founder, Ahmed Haider, the drone service would also be able to cut delivery expenses down to a far more customer-friendly price.

Currently, legislation to allow drones to be used commercially does not exist in the United States, though it is expected to appear by 2015. Whilst drones are considered by some Australians to be safety and privacy risks, groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union are already beginning to voice complaints over the fear that drones will be used for aerial surveillance.

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