Germany's DHL testing drones for hard-to-reach deliveries
A drone with a small parcel flies in front of journalists in Bonn, Germany on Dec. 9, 2013. (dpa/Oliver Berg)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, December 9, 2013 9:00AM EST
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Germany's express delivery and mail company Deutsche Post DHL is testing a drone that could be used to deliver urgently needed goods to hard-to-reach places.
The small pilotless helicopter is set to fly a package of medicine Monday from a pharmacy in the town of Bonn to the company's headquarters on the other side of the Rhine River. The aircraft can carry up to 3 kilograms.
Company spokesman Thomas Kutsch says the flights all this week are strictly a research project to see if the technology works and there are no plans yet to start actual drone deliveries.
The test flights required permission from local aviation authorities.
Online retailer Amazon is also working on a drone to deliver goods to customers despite legal obstacles in the U.S.