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In France, Drones Will Deliver The Daily Newspapers

Residents of Auvergne, a province in south central France, may soon receive their daily paper by drone.

According to a blog post, local postal service La Poste Groupe has been working for several years to modernize its delivery processes. The plan is to implement paper delivery by drone in early May with the help of local volunteers, and tests are already underway.

The drone is a quadricopter, which can be controlled by iPod touch, iPhone, iPad and Android devices, and costs over $300. It is manufactured by Parrot.com, a French wireless devices maker that announced a partnership with La Poste this morning.

French Internet personalities will draw national attention to the experiment, including Olivier Bernasson, founder and CEO of online store Pecheur.com.

This French town is not alone — unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are increasingly used in private markets — not just in covert government operations. In 2010, the Wall Street Journal reported that drones would prove useful for nonmilitary tasks, such as wildlife-tracking or emergency rescue efforts. The primary impediments were a short battery life and flight time, typically 30 minutes or less.

Today, thousands of amateur drone hobbyists are sharing ideas on websites like DIYdrones.com. And as the technology evolves, the FAA is working with private industry to relax guidelines for personal drones by the end of this year.

So someday soon you might receive your daily paper from a silent, miniature object from above.

Written by Christina Farr. Originally appeared on Venture Beat
Images via La Poste / Parrot.com 
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