Even though Amazon is the most popular announcer of potentially huge drone delivery system, it seems as though one Israeli company might just beat that with their own brilliant idea.
The Verge stated that Flytrex, an Israeli drone logistics company in partnership with AHA (FOD service, food on demand) are launching a small, drone-powered delivery service. It will only cover a small area and will serve approximately 20 people per day. Of course, it will not only serve beer as the title suggests. In addition to beer (which is, by far, the best option in my opinion), customers will able to order all sorts of food and drinks.
What are the benefits of drone delivery service in Iceland?
More precisely, this drone delivery service is based in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. Due to the city’s abundance of bays, the traffic can be a tough task for conventional methods of delivery. That’s because there are several routes that are perhaps 1 or 2 kilometers away from each other by air, but it takes 5 to 8 kilometers for a drive-around. This makes conventional methods of delivery (of course, we are talking about cars and bikes here) fall behind drones due to higher costs and longer delivery times.
Take this scenario as an example. Scheduled car delivery takes around 20 minutes to go from receiving the goods to delivering it to the customer. However, a specially designed delivery drone will take just 5 minutes to do the exact same task. That’s because the car has to go through traffic and go all the way around the bay to get to its designated location. On the other hand, drone simply flies above it and delivers its payload in record breaking fashion.
What drones will be used?
AHA and Flytrex have decided to make their fleet out of DJI Matrice 600. We are talking about extremely powerful hexacopter built specifically for professional (AKA commercial) use. However, the barebone construction was more or less untouched but the design has been slightly altered. Instead of having a gimbal/camera payload, these delivery drones have a specialized container with a safety lock mechanism that ensures its insides are safe and sound during flying. These locks are easy to handle and don’t pose a problem to customers, making the benefits of this system even more noticeable.
As far as the performance of these delivery drones is concerned, you are looking at around 6.5 pounds of payload capacity. Of course, I doubt these drones will be put to too much strain initially. Ideally, we should expect around orders up to 5 pounds. In terms of airtime, these birdies can carry their payloads on a 6-mile scale. However, their 1st route is nowhere near that, ranging in at less than 2 miles.
How will they be implemented?
If you live in Reykjavik, I suppose you’re now expecting to see a whole bunch of drones flying around your neighborhood, delivering goodies 24/7. But, as I already mentioned at the beginning, this will only be a small delivery system at first. Later on, plans are to install additional routes on top of the starting one. With around 20 of them, it could mean the capability of serving around 400 to 500 people on a daily basis. If you ask me, that’s a fully-fledged delivery system right there! On a side note, there’s no exact date in sight as far as the addition of new flight route is planned. But, considering this will most likely be a huge hit since online food ordering is flourishing in Iceland, I reckon we won’t have to wait for too long. Lastly, I cannot wish anything but the very best to AHA and Flytrex in their future endeavors. They’re showing a brilliant sense for innovation and it shouldn’t go unnoticed!