Siroop pilots a van / drone delivery pilot

Customers in Zurich who have ordered packages of below 2kg on same-day delivery from the siroop marketplace may have their goods flown to them beside a Mercedes-Benz van.

Drone systems developer Matternet and Mercedes-Benz Vans are to work together with siroop to launch a pilot project where the concept of drones working with vans will be tested in a real world setting.

Drones will fly from Mercedes-Benz vans to deliver siroop packages to e-commerce customers in Zurich. Last week the van manufacturer released a statement that said the pilot began last Monday, that said 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 trials are to take three weeks.

This is not a drone-to-the-door service.  Mercedes-Benz Vans explained how it will work: “The drones are loaded directly at the merchant and fly to one of two Mercedes-Benz Vito vans equipped with a precision landing technology. The van stops at one of four pre-defined points, called “rendezvous points”, within the city of Zurich, where the van driver takes possession of the product and delivers it to the customer, while the drone returns to the retailer.”

Mercedes-Benz Vans added: “The entire logistics chain from order receipt to delivery to the customer will be timed and compared against conventional delivery methods to gain insights into the efficiency of the solution.”

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