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Drone service for cakes is gone, at least for now

THE authorities have had their way - the drone transporting cakes for romantic couples has been grounded.

The local cake company yesterday announced the suspension of the drone services after local police expressed fears that the remote-controlled aircraft posed a danger to the public.

Wang Pingshi, general manager of Incake, said the cake company is suspending the service until it gets all the clearance from the civil aviation authority as well as police.

"The company will contact local air traffic controllers as well as improve the safety factors of the drones before it resumes the service," Wang told a press conference yesterday.

Incake carried out "drone flight tests" earlier this week. The drone, measuring 1.1 meters in diameter and fitted with five propellers, flew at a height of about 50 meters to deliver cakes across the Huangpu River to customers.

Local police had asked the company to suspend the service before other companies caught up with the innovative way of delivering stuffs, Wang said.

Unmanned aircraft have to be approved by the civil aviation authorities before being used for business, officials said.


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