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Ahas service making a delivery in Iceland.

Iceland-based Aha uses aerial drones to deliver food and small consumer goods in that country.

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Iceland-based Aha, which is similar to DoorDash or Postmates in the U.S., uses aerial drones to deliver food and small consumer goods in a 2.5-mile radius, soon to be expanded to five miles with the introduction of more powerful drones.

While delivery drones might never become ubiquitous in big cities because of too many narrow streets, errant pedestrians, and unpredictable truck drivers, developers think there is potential for drone-based delivery in the suburbs.

Whether drones can be successful in the delivery industry depends on whether they can make six backyard deliveries an hour in a five-mile radius without running into houses, cars, people, trees, or power lines.

Aha's drone delivery service is one of only a handful currently operating. Another is Alphabet subsidiary Wing, which recently completed a trial delivering coffee and other goods to 160 households in Canberra, Australia.

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