The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism carried out its first experiment in delivering food and daily supplies to elderly households in sparsely populated areas this Wednesday.
The experiment was conducted in Nakacho, Tokushima prefecture, and was targeted at elderly residents who have difficulties going shopping as well as areas where transportation costs are higher than others due to difficult access.
The drone, which carried daily supplies and food, such as eggs, was operated manually at take off and via programming during the actually flight. It flew a total distance of 500 meters at an altitude of 50 meters over crop fields, before it delivered the packages.
The experiment was conducted jointly with Miyakawa 21, a Tokyo-based firm that is looking into the possibility of developing drones as a potential delivery services business.
The ministry is planning to conduct a resident survey as a followup of the experiment.© Japan Today