April 1st: Mail UAVs

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In another example of dual-use technology, La Poste, the French post office, and electronics company Parrot on 1 April announced that they are conducting trial deliveries of daily newspapers with unmanned aerial vehicles (mail, not medium-altitude, long-endurance or MALE, UAVs).

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Parrot's AR.Drone mini UAV will be used to deliver newspapers to households which have volunteered to participate in the trial. Some twenty mail UAVs will be prepositioned at post offices or postal centers and the same number of postal carriers are being retrained to operate them. AR.Drones offer the advantage of being able to cross obstacles that postal carriers cannot, fly over dogs and reach upper floors of buildings, according to La Poste.

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