Tesco testing drones in Ireland

A Tesco drone delivery trial will test small items dropped off at customers’ homes within 30 minutes of ordering. Based at Tesco’s Oranmore store, in Ireland, the drones will deliver “small baskets” of goods to local customers. The drones, supplied by Manna, are flying at 80km/h, at an altitude of 80 meters, they can deliver up to 4 kg of shopping goods in a cargo cassette lowered from the drone a mile away in three minutes.

Some drone trials have been opposed by residents who say the drones are too noisy and intrusive. In 2019, a report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers only a quarter of UK respondents supported the idea of drone deliveries, because of safety and noise concerns.

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