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Boris Johnson calls for London drone deliveries to combat congestion

Boris Johnson has said drone deliveries are the key to solving London’s traffic congestion issue.

Boris Johnson wants less white van traffic in London

Speaking at the a launch of London's financial technology sector in Singapore, Johnson said he would love to have his own personal drone to deliver his shopping to him and challenged the audience to get working on making his idea, a reality, according to the Guardian.

He said: “We have a problem, folks - all this internet shopping is leading to a massive increase in white van traffic dropping this stuff off - 45 per cent it’s going to go up in London in the next seven years.

“That’s going to be terrible for congestion in our city and doubtless the same will be true of Singapore as well. I look out at this brilliant audience here today, bulging with ideas, and I ask you possibly to solve it.

He concluded: “We need a solution, I hope it’s going to be drones. I want to be controlling an app that enables my shopping not only to be click and collect and I want my own personal drone to come and drop it wherever I choose.”

Johnson’s dream is one step closer to fruition, as Amazon announced earlier this month that it is looking to test its Prime delivery drones in Cambridge in anticipation of rolling out the service as part of its courier service in the future.

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