The United Arab Emirates is looking to use retina-scanning drones to deliver official government documents like drivers licenses. On Monday, the UAE government revealed a prototype drone and will test it for six months.
“Within a year from now we will understand the capabilities of the system and what sort of services, and how far we can deliver,” Mohammed al-Gergawi, minister of cabinet affairs, told Reuters. “Eventually a new product will be launched across all the country.”
The drone, about 18 inches long, has four rotors and can carry packages in the upper cargo compartment. “Abdulrahman Alserkal, an engineer who designed the project, told Reuters that the drone will feature fingerprint and retina recognition systems, presumably to protect the drone and its packages from falling into the wrong hands.”