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Food deliveries by drone to start in Malaysia “by end of the month”

Drone deliveries of food to residents in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, are due to start by the end of June.

According to New Straits Times newspaper reports: “It would take 12 minutes for the food to be delivered once an order is placed, said Hamdee Hamdan, the chief executive officer of Average Drone Sdn Bhd, a local company involved in the drone industry since 2014. The company will collaborate with Futurise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cyberview, a company owned by the Ministry of Finance. Hamdee said the current plan was to have the food delivery service over a three-month trial period. The food would be delivered within a two-kilometre distance of the Futurise building here, he added.

“This is only a test run and after three months we will see how it goes and add on more dishes on the menu,” said Hamdee, whose company has also developed a mobile application that was still in the final draft, to facilitate customers to order their food. The duration from the time the order was placed until the time the food reached its destination should take no more than 12 minutes, he said, adding that delivery charges would cost RM2.50 per trip.

The six-propeller drones are able to accommodate a weight of up to 800 grams but if the response is positive a new drone will be develop capable of carrying a 3kg load.

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