Drones delivering post could ease traffic woes RACQ

The delivery of light packages by drones could soon become a reality in Queensland and would bring added benefits to freight-related congestion, according to the State’s peak motoring body.

Courier Mail reported a parliamentary inquiry into transport technology yesterday heard drones were already capable of delivering light packages and would soon deploy in the State’s skies.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said drone technology was expected to cause a massive disruption to the transport system.

“We’re on the verge of one of the biggest changes to transport since the invention of the car, and the deployment of delivery drones is the first step,” Dr Michael said.

“Unlike cars, autonomous drones don’t encounter a mixed fleet, vulnerable road users, human interface and infrastructure shortfalls, so they won’t have the issues many of us face in the car.

“Removing commercial delivery vehicles and freight from the roads will significantly minimise congestion – and that added benefit will be passed on to drivers.”

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Dr Michael said international testing for drone technology in the delivery industry had already commenced.

“Amazon is testing Amazon Prime Air in several locations to get goods to customers in 30 minutes or less, and faster shipment and delivery means higher revenue,” she said.

“This, in turn, will bring delivery costs down which will be passed on to the community.”

Dr Michael said international trials were proof the technology was improving quickly and further supported the need for Queensland to be prepared.

“With e-commerce industries set to be worth US $1.2 trillion by 2021, it’s vital Queensland can support them – and we need to have the right safety and regulatory framework in place.”