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Last-mile delivery a hurdle for drones

It remains a crucial issue for logistics providers in e-commerce today.

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PREPARING FOR TAKE-OFF: Google's Project Wing drone (above) and Amazon's Prime Air octocopter. Drones provide no answer to the problem of last-mile delivery - online shoppers are often hard to reach at home, and the coordination of time slots for delivery is challenging.This has led to a series of unsuccessful delivery attempts for logistics companies, and in turn, a high level of dissatisfaction for the online shopper.

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PREPARING FOR TAKE-OFF: Google's Project Wing drone and Amazon's Prime Air octocopter (above). Drones provide no answer to the problem of last-mile delivery - online shoppers are often hard to reach at home, and the coordination of time slots for delivery is challenging.This has led to a series of unsuccessful delivery attempts for logistics companies, and in turn, a high level of dissatisfaction for the online shopper.

WE MAY never see a wholly white Christmas again, if Amazon and Google had their way. Instead, by this time next year, the treetops may be speckled by black little drones flying overhead to deliver gifts on Christmas morning.

The two tech giants are placing big bets on developing a system

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