|Matternet ONE. Photo: Matternet.
[Avionics Today 07-09-2015] Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo and Matternet are jointly testing the commercial use of logistics drones. The three companies are investigating specific uses of drone technology and examining the cost-effectiveness of several business ideas.
While the widespread commercial use of drones is not expected within the next five years, the focus of these tests will be their use in exceptional cases or the transport of special items.
The business partners will test several Matternet ONE vehicles. The flying device is specially designed for transporting small deliveries and designed for simple operation. Matternet ONE will be used for the first time as part of the tests. The drone has a very light construction and is capable of transporting loads of up to 1 kilogram over more than 10 kilometers with a single battery charge. Matternet ONE flies autonomously, following clearly defined, secure flight paths, which are drawn up by cloud software developed by Matternet.