They are teaming up to test the deployment of drones, including their potential use for internal logistics and the last mile delivery of small packages.
The air cargo division of Swiss International Air Lines, the Swiss postal group and the US-based manufacturer of drone technology will research the practical uses of unmanned aircraft and the business case to support such a development.
The first tests involving drones are scheduled to take place this summer, in Switzerland.
The primary aim of the pilot project is a “proof of concept to clarify the legal framework, consider local conditions and explore the technical and business capabilities of the drones,” said a joint statement.
The partners will test a number of Matternet One drones, vehicles designed for transporting small packages.
Matternet One’s centrally-located payload makes it easy to load and unload, while the lightweight but strong drone can transport a one kg load further than 20 km on a single battery charge. Read more..