Drone delivery service launches in Iceland

AHA, Iceland's largest online marketplace, has partnered with Israeli drone startup Flytrex to deliver online meal orders and other goods by drone in Iceland's capital, Reykjavík.

The launch of a commercial drone service in a highly populated area marks an important step forward for drone delivery around the world, as most drone deliveries conducted today are still early-stage tests in rural areas. Right now, the drones only operate a single delivery route across the bay that cuts Reykjavík in two and makes delivery by ground vehicle in the city very time-consuming. An employee at an AHA facility loads packages on to the drone, which then flies autonomously across the bay to another facility, where a courier picks up the package and takes it to the customer's home. The two companies say that drones have cut their delivery times by up to 20 minutes during peak hours, and have cut delivery costs by 60% compared to regular ground delivery.

Business Insider Nordic 

1. 9. 2017