The two-day Parcel Drone Competition which was jointly organised by Pos Malaysia Bhd (Pos Malaysia) and the Communications and Multimedia Commission Multimedia (MCMC), began yesterday (March 6), with 40 participants, including several from tertiary institutions.
The participants were given two chances to fly their drones with a two-kilogramme load, and they had to fly it for two kilometres over the Putrajaya Lake and return to the starting point in the fastest time.
Gobind said the ministry would continue to give its support and motivation to Pos Malaysia and the MCMC in the effort to improve parcel delivery in the country to be on par with developed nations.
“We will continue to make safety in the use of drones in the postal service a priority, (but) there may be times when accidents happen due to technical issues. This is in line with existing regulations as set by the aviation industry,” he said.
On the competition, Gobind said the programme was in line with the ministry’s objectives under its 2019-2023 Strategic Plan to spearhead digital economy and encourage high technology, and ensure delivery of quality service to the people.
“Through this programme, we will be able to uncover local talents with potential in the area of UAV and we can give them support and recognition so that they can progress to higher levels in the future.
Gobind also presented the main prize of RM25,000 to Syarikat System Consultancy Services Sdn Bhd which emerged as champion in the competition.
Meanwhile, Group Chief Executive Officer of Pos Malaysia, Syed Md Najib Syed Md Noor said the competition was its first step towards introducing drone technology in the parcel delivery segment into the company.
He said in Malaysia, drones were more popular for aerial photography and videography as well as for recreational purposes.
“The rapid development in drone technology has opened up opportunities for us to test it to transport goods from one place to another. To realise this initiative, we need to design drones with the capability of sending goods of various sizes,” he said.
The Parcel Drone Competition was only held in Putrajaya to test the capability of drones as it is a no-drone zone.