Singapore delivers mail using world’s first drone for postal service

Singapore Post has successfully delivered a mail using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for point-to-point recipient-authenticated mail delivery, the company said today in a statement. It added that this is the first time in the world a postal service has successfully used an UAV. “A last mile mail and packet drone delivery trial was successfully completed between Lorong Halus and Pulau Ubin,” SingPost said.

“The drone which was built upon the Pixhawk Steadidrone platform was by IDA (Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore) Labs to meet the new conceptual delivery platform from SingPost, and tailored for use in a challenging environment like Singapore,” SingPost explained.

“The successful conclusion of this trial shows how SingPost is thinking out of the box and its willingness to expand its traditional mail delivery model in innovative ways,” IDA Managing Director Jacqueline Poh said.

“Although it will be a while before it is viable for drone mail delivery to take off in Singapore, taking into consideration commercial and safety factors; this first step by SingPost and IDA demonstrates what Singapore is trying out with our Smart Nation vision – to have the various parts of our ecosystem collaborate, experiment with new ways of doing things, and in the process, literally aim for the sky with new technology,” she further said.