Drones will soon be used to deliver packages in Switzerland as part of a pilot project by Swiss Post. Tests are already underway in the US in a collaboration with Swiss WorldCargo, using drones by California manufacturer Matternet, a firm primarily focused on developing airborne options for health care in developing countries.
The goal of the pilot project in Switzerland will be to test the potential of the technology, said a Swiss Post spokesman. Mountain deliveries are one possibility under consideration. The range of use will be examined, as well as the legalities inside Switzerland, to help decide if such a service can be envisaged.
Dieter Bambauer, head of PostLogistics, Swiss Post: “With drone technology, we are testing a possible means of transportation of the future already today. Swiss Post aims to always be in tune with customer needs.”
Oliver Evans, chief cargo officer, Swiss International Air Lines: “As a specialist and global leader in the transportation of high-value and care-intensive shipments, Swiss WorldCargo is keen to explore any new technology which promises to increase reach, speed or reliability while at the same time reducing costs or environmental impact. Likewise we are keen to explore new types of collaboration with partners in the supply chain, from technology partners like Matternet to service partners like Swiss Post. “