In the city of Dongguang, which is in the southern province of Guangdong, China, aerial drones have been spotted going around delivering packages. The drones were spotted by a Weibo user who posted photos of the drones on the social network.
The aerial robots are octoropters or eight-rotor helicopter type machines, and were sporting the logo of Shenzhen-based delivery services company SF Express. The company has admitted to the media that they were conducting trials of their drones delivery service.
According to local media, the drones were developed for delivering packages over long distances and to remote areas. Each drone has a built-in navigation system and can be monitored by company staff to make sure it doesn’t stray away from its target destination.
Local media also reported that the drones can fly more than 300 feet in the air and can carry up to 6.5 pounds.
Commercial use of flying drones are not illegal in China, but businesses need to obtain approval from the civil aviation authorities before they can use them.
SF Express has stated that the company has complied with such regulations before they started their drone trials. The company has not revealed when the trials will end.
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