Wellington: Australia is set to become the first country to see commercial courier deliveries by drone.
If a launch by a textbook rental service and an Australian tech start-up goes according to plan drones will start delivering parcels in the country.
From March next year and pending regulatory approval, students will be able to order books from Zookal via an Android smartphone app and have one of six Flirtey drones deliver them to their door in Sydney, stuff.co.nz reports.
As the drone arrives, students will be able to track it in real-time on a Google map.
According to the report, after its initial launch, Flirtey hopes to then expand the service to other products and locations.
Drones could later even deliver food and drinks to people and blood to and from blood banks and hospitals in future.
Textbook rental service Zookal partnered with Flirtey, a start-up born at the University of Sydney, to cut costs on deliveries.
If Flirtey gets the approval of Australia`s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) it will be the first use of fully automated commercial drones for deliveries in the world, the report added.