UAE to rope in drones for govt services

February 11, 2014 - 3:40:44 am

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates says it plans to use unmanned aerial drones to deliver official documents and packages to its citizens as part of efforts to upgrade government services.

“The UAE will try to deliver its government services through drones. This is the first project of its kind in the world,” Mohammed Al Gergawi, a Minister of Cabinet Affairs, said yesterday as he displayed a prototype developed for the government.

The battery-operated vehicle, about half a metre across, resembles a butterfly with a top compartment that can carry small parcels. Coloured white and enblazoned with the UAE flag, it is propelled by four rotors.

Local engineer Abdulrahman Alserkal, who designed the project, said fingerprint and eye-recognition security systems would be used to protect the drones and their cargo.  Gergawi said the drones would be tested for durability and efficiency in Dubai for six months, before being introduced across the UAE within a year. Services would initially include delivery of identity cards, driving licences and other permits.

Reuters

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