Royal Mail drone delivery for parcels will soon be available in the Isle of Mull. According to a local postman, getting to the front door alone can take 30 minutes.
In a nationwide first for the UK, Royal Mail has partnered with a consortium of drone companies: DronePrep, Skyports and what3words to become “the first UK national parcel company to deliver a parcel for recipients via an unmanned aerial vehicle” press release.
The consortium made a drone delivery to a remote lighthouse on the Isle of Mull this month: in the future, the Royal Mail drone delivery will also be available to other communities on the island. Skyports is already involved in a drone delivery program with NHS Scotland to provide COVID-19 response services to the Isle of Mull. The consortium is designed to help them identify opportunities to support Royal Mail in the region.
The version describes how the program will work:
As with all Royal Mail deliveries across the UK, the zip code directs the package to its destination. The local post office then uses the drone delivery to reach the most remote locations in their patch faster. For drone delivery, residents consulted on the Isle of Mull will be encouraged to use the DronePrep platform to assess the profitability of their property for drone delivery and use what3words integration to find a suitable landing spot on their property.
To enable this for the test, Royal Mail will ask recipients to provide the what3words address, a 3 x 3 meter square that corresponds to the exact landing point for Royal Mail parcel delivery via the Royal Mail delivery van drone .
“I am very excited to be part of this fantastic process. It’s an exciting opportunity to test new ways of working to support us Posties who deliver in some of the UK’s most remote areas. Some of the houses on the Isle of Mull are a 30 minute walk from the front door so using drones will be of great help! “Said Tom Nunn, local postman for the Isle of Mull.
“The delivery of the first live package in the UK with an unmanned drone was a milestone for us. We’re incredibly proud to partner with DronePrep, Skyports, and what3words to test new ways to support the more remote and isolated communities we serve. This is part of our constant endeavor to integrate the best innovative technologies into our network. We have seen a huge increase in parcel volume this year. This is just one of the ways we want to support our frontline people and provide fast, convenient and environmentally friendly service to all of our customers, ”said Nick Landon, Chief Trade Officer, Royal Mail.
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