6 Dec 21

Last mile drone delivery pilot gets underway in Sweden

Aerit's last-mile delivery drone and parcel

Drone delivery services supplier Aerit has today announced it will pilot drone delivery services to a Swedish archipelago in collaboration with ICAx, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, and Norrtälje municipality.

The one-year project unites stakeholders from business, research, innovation, and government, to study the benefits of drones in last-mile transport, and to accelerate the implementation of climate-neutral logistics. 

“Drone delivery has the potential to reduce emissions from last-mile logistics. With reduced delivery time, it also helps to improve the service quality and accessibility in rural areas, which could support behavioural changes toward a climate neutral society.” said Lei Chen, Senior researcher at RISE who leads the project.

Norrtälje municipality has many islands and large rural areas providing an excellent arena to pilot drone delivery.

This closely follows FedEx Express’ successful drone deliver flight in the Republic of Ireland in October 2021.

The project builds on Aerit’s drone delivery platform that aims to provide on-demand access to a network of autonomous sky-couriers in the near-future.

Aerit plans to launch continuous delivery services in select areas around Sweden in 2022.

Image courtesy of Aerit. 

Authored by: Alison Pittaway