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Bob Dohse

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Rural mail delivery with automated drones

Andreas Raptopoulos inspired the TED audience with an idea for drone delivery systems in rural Africa.

Could that idea replace USPS mail delivery in rural America?

How might that be implemented, what are the difficulties, and how might private industry help make that a practical reality?

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    Dec 2 2013: The largest expense of the US Postal Service is labor (including medical and retirement benefits) ... labor is around 85% of the USPS budget.

    Rural delivery requires much more driving per delivery, and labor costs rise proportionate to the distance between residences.

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