In the countdown to Christmas, Mary Stapleton is scanning the sky for a consignment of presents. She’s not expecting them to arrive by reindeer and sleigh but the next best thing — a delivery drone. Along with other residents of her town in Ireland she’s trialling a new airborne delivery service that could begin tests in up to six towns in Britain from next year.
Stapleton was “customer No 1” in this urban pilot scheme and her first drop-off consisted of coffee, a croissant — still hot — and a Sunday newspaper. The 63-year-old retired insurance assessor looked on as the items were lowered to her driveway from the drone hovering 50ft overhead. “It was fantastic to watch. A hatch opened underneath this thing and