Drone delivery tests by Swiss Post

Drone Delivery trials by Swiss post 

Closer look at One of the Matternet ONE drones being tested out by Swiss Post(Credit: Swiss Post)

Swiss Post and Swiss World Cargo (the air freight division of Swiss International Air Lines) have joined the likes of AmazonGeoPost and Alibaba by taking decisive steps towards using drones for deliveries. It had been in news that Swiss post is reportedly testing delivery by drones in July 2018, the corporations announced that they have teamed up with California-based Matternet to trial several of its Matternet ONE cargo quad copters.

Matternet ONE drone in action while at test for Swiss post delivery (Credit: Swiss Post)

Testing of the autonomous GPS-guided drones was to be carried out throughout July 2018 month, although any widespread use of the aircraft isn't expected to take place for about five years – issues such as battery life and legislation still need to be worked out. In the meantime, they could find use making emergency deliveries to remote rural areas, or for delivering high-priority goods such as time-sensitive laboratory test samples.

Along with logistics, the tests will look at the cost-effectiveness of using the drones for different purposes. Currently, each Matternet ONE is capable of carrying a maximum pay load of 1 kg (2.2 lb) for over 10 km (6.2 miles) per battery charge.
Source: Swiss Post via Discovery News

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