First drone operations in major urban area
Mercedes-Benz Vans, the US drone systems developer Matternet and the Swiss online marketplace Siroop have started a pilot project in Zurich (Switzerland) to test an efficient van and drone-based system for on-demand delivery of e-commerce goods.
The three-week long pilot project, which started with the first trials on 25 September, represents a significant milestone for autonomous aerial systems. It is the first time that extensive beyond-line-of sight drone operations with the use of vans as landing platforms are taking place in a major urban area to test a fully-automated e-commerce drone network.
The development of the overall system uses an iterative approach and is based on early testing and continuous optimization. (ah)