Matternet Launches World's Longest Urban Drone Delivery Route
Matternet, the developer of the world’s leading drone delivery system, has announced thaet it has begun test operations on a five-kilometer BVLOS (beyond-visual-line-of-sight) route over the city of Zurich, Switzerland.
This route is the world’s longest drone delivery route over a major city and will be used to transport diagnostic samples between the Triemli and Waid Hospitals – both a part of Stadspital Zürich, a municipal central hospital owned by the city of Zurich.
Andreas Raptopoulos, founder and CEO of Matternet said: “Launching this new service for Stadspital Zürich is an important moment for Matternet, but also for the future of both health care and logistics services.
“Leveraging the longest urban BVLOS route to transport biological samples for diagnostic testing on-demand changes the way that hospitals and hospital systems can approach patient care, all while creating new efficiencies that can improve patient experiences and ensure that they keep pace with the demands of the 21st century.”
Using Matternet’s unmanned aircraft, transportation between the two hospitals and their laboratories takes just seven minutes.
This test is demonstrating the potential for drones to provide fast, on-demand delivery for individual urgent shipments, without congesting Zurich roads or emitting CO2.
Matternet is actively working on drone delivery networks that can fill urgent logistics needs in health care and help transition on-demand ecommerce to a sustainable mode of transport.