Japan Post Unveils New Drone for Envisaged Delivery Services

Economy Technology

Tokyo, Dec. 6 (Jiji Press)--Japan Post Co. unveiled a new logistics drone on Tuesday, as the company is accelerating efforts to realize drone delivery operations.

The new drone, jointly developed with Tokyo-based drone maker ACSL Ltd., has a carrying capacity of 5 kilograms, about three times more than the existing model. It can also fly up to 35 kilometers, up 3.5-fold.

Japan Post expects to use the new drone for its Yu-Pack parcel delivery service, as well as parcel transportation between post offices.

In Japan, a revised civil aeronautics law was put into force on Monday, giving the go-ahead for Level 4 drone flights, or flights beyond pilots’ visible range above urban districts.

Japan Post will now aim to obtain necessary certification for the drone to conduct Level 4 flights, and start services using the drone from as early as fiscal 2023.

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