Thailand’s postal services test drones to deliver medicines

Thailand’s postal services test drones to deliver medicines
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The new services enable difficult-to-reach locations, such as flood prone areas, to continue to receive essential items.

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Thailand Post has started trials to use drones to deliver medicines to patients who are difficult to reach by traditional delivery.

The mail delivery service tested drone delivery at Sing Buri Technical College by flying a fleet of drones with medicine parcels to a destination located about 500 metres away.

According to Thailand Post, Sing Buri Technical College is located in a province that is regularly affected by floods which inhibit traditional postal delivery.

Thailand Post President Dhanant Subhadrabandhu said medicines would be the first parcels delivered by drone to patients living in remote areas when the new service is launched. He added that the drones reflect a commitment to bring in new technologies to improve its service.

To date, Thailand Post has been selected by more than 400 local hospitals to deliver medicines to patients at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

An official start date for the unmanned service to being commercially has not been set.

Thailand Post currently has 1,700 post offices and several thousand licensed post outlets across the country.

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