Robot postie testing in US

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Imagine buying something online, then an hour later, it’s dropped off for you by a mini-drone.

It might sound like science fiction, but US retailer Amazon is currently testing out the delivery method.

Amazon says the ‘Octocopter’ drones could deliver items to customers within 30 minutes of them placing an order.

However, laws in the US and Europe doesn’t yet allow drones to be used this way.

Some UAV experts (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) say more needs to be done to make sure the drones are safe before laws can be passed.

An Australian firm called Zookal, that delivers textbooks for rent, announced earlier this year that it would start using drones to make deliveries from 2015 if approved by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Australian law already allows businesses to use unmanned aircraft.

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  1. That would be rather cool I must say. I mean who wouldn’t want to order things from amazon or zookal just so you can see the drone dropping it off?

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