Canada Post Looks Into Drones for Future Deliveries of Mail, Parcels

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Given the popularity of drones, Canada Post is eyeing these flying vehicles to possibly make deliveries in the future, a spokesman told the Canadian Press.

“We are in a competitive space, especially when it comes to parcel delivery and things like that,” Jon Hamilton, a Canada Post spokesman said in an interview. “We do look into these things,” he added.

But don’t bet on drone deliveries, at least not yet: there are no drone prototypes in the post office laboratory. Actually, at this point the Canada Post seems to just be playing with the idea of drone delivery, as the spokesman characterized the effort as a “paper exercise”.

Amazon and other companies are actively investigating delivery drones, so the Canada Post is considering this emerging tool to address the challenges of delivering more parcels to almost 16 million addresses across Canada.

During the past 250 years a lot has changed in the manner of delivering letters and parcels to Canadians, although the rollout of new delivery methods may have been slower. Thanks to the rapid acceleration of technology, drone mail and parcel deliveries may be closer than some may think.

However, at the moment Canada Post has other things to focus on: it is about to face a legal strike on July 2 as the Canadian Union of Postal Workers initiated a dispute with the Crown Corporation over the wage parity between rural and city postal workers. Canadan Post is also currently focusing on better using its network of 13,000 vehicles and 6,000 post offices to get the job done.

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  • andrez1

    Just wait until this is commonplace, and drones are everywhere carrying packages. Terrorists can just deliver their bombs this way. People will just think they’re getting a delivery.

  • FragilityG4

    If they want to they can do that right now.

  • FragilityG4

    Just a way to scare the union. The union is dumb. Canada Post is broke, a sinking ship. They should be happy they still have jobs.

  • Laurier Rochon

    It is not a strike it is a lock out Canada post employees want to work it is the company refusing to negotiate.

  • FragilityG4

    The Union wants more money and more jobs … Problem is Canada Post is very much broke. The union doesn’t want to negotiate … They want to demand the unrealistic.

  • Mamba

    You know what…. I’ve been wondering why they haven’t done it already….

  • Quattro

    Does this mean that online companies will no longer ship a flash drive in a 4 ft square box with excessive bubble wrap?

  • Quattro

    How much weight do you think a drone can carry???

  • Jason

    CSIS you reading this?

  • BigCat

    Exactly, not very much. You could go with a light compound, but that would just propel the drone away from your target.

  • Quattro

    ?? … You mean after it explodes? … I don’t think that’s an issue.

  • Quattro

    I think they would have better luck with pointy sticks.

  • BigCat

    Yes. It is like when you throw a stick a dynamite in the air or just set it on the surface of the ground, The explosion virtually has no effect. Enclose the dynamite with some mass and you will get maximum compression. Trust me it will get your attention.

  • Quattro

    Ahhhh… sorry. I totally misinterpreted your comment. I put much more emphasis on “propel” than was obviously intended.