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Crash Near Children Leads Swiss Post and Matternet to Suspend Drone Delivery Program

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After a recent crash of one of its delivery drones near children the Swiss Post has suspended its drone delivery program indefinitely.

The drones used in the delivery program were created and operated by Matternet. Since 2017 the Swiss Post and Matternet have been working in partnership in three different Swiss cities to test drone deliveries of lab samples such as blood tests between hospitals, and have made over 3,000 successful deliveries to date.

But two crashes this year—the most recent only fifty yards from a group of children—have led to the program being shuttered until safety concerns can be fully addressed.

Read today's article to learn more about what the Swiss Post is asking of Matternet before resuming deliveries, and to see how Matternet responded.

What do you think—do these crashes mean that drone deliveries just aren't ready for prime time? Chime in here to share your thoughts.

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This is only the first.  Delivery drones will fall out of the sky due to mechanical failure, an obstacle or EMI.  It's not mature technology yet.

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