Delivery by drone: DHL testing service with 12-kilometre flight to German island
A DHL drone is shown near a beach in Germany in this September 2014 photo provided by Deutsche Post. (AP / Nikolai Wolff Fotoetage)
BERLIN -- Deutsche Post DHL says it is starting Germany's first drone package delivery service, a test program transporting medicine to a pharmacy on a North Sea island.
The company said the quad-rotor "DHL Paketkopter 2.0" will begin daily flights Friday, bringing a maximum load of 1.2 kilograms of medicine to the German island of Juist.
The island has about 1,500 inhabitants. It's usually served by one ferry per day and an occasional small-aircraft flight, depending on the weather.
DHL said Wednesday it will monitor each 12-kilometre flight to the island, but the water, snow and dust-resistant drone will fly on autopilot to deliver the medicine -- at no extra cost during the test.
The company says it currently has no concrete plans for full-scale regular drone deliveries.