UAE plans to use drones to deliver official documents
The United Arab Emirates says it plans to use unmanned aerial drones to deliver official documents and packages to its citizens as part of efforts to upgrade government services.
The wealthy Gulf state is known for its showmanship -- it boasts the tallest skyscraper in the world -- and its love of high-technology gadgets. The drone project appears to satisfy both interests.
Mohammed al-Gergawi, a minister of cabinet affairs, said on Monday the UAE would try to deliver its government services through drones.
A prototype has been developed for the government.
The battery-operated vehicle, about 1-1/2 feet across, resembles a butterfly with a top compartment that can carry small parcels. Colored white and emblazoned with the UAE flag, it is propelled by four rotors.