Japan Posts seizes BVLOS rule tweak to launch drone deliveries
Japan Post, the archipelago nation’s mail company, has jumped on the easing of certain drone restrictions introduced only last week to announce its plans to prepare for aerial delivery of parcels starting next year.
Japan Post made the announcement Tuesday, just three working days after regulators relaxed restrictions on certain UAV operations over populated areas. The modifications made Thursday apply to so-called Level 4 drone flights, which are defined as entirely automated beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) use above residential or urban zones.
As a first step in seizing the new opportunities created by the easing of those strictures, Japan Post says it plans to begin aerial delivery of parcels during the fiscal year 2023, initially to more isolated communities in mountain regions and on remote islands.
The move reflects Japan Post seeking to remedy what was one of the main motivators behind the government’s revision of Level 4 rules in the…